Another Good Long Day
Had another longish day today. 15 miles along the Grand Union Canal up to Rickmansworth. I finally got a Grand Union Canal GPX route which loads on my watch within a matter of seconds. I found it through the Garmin Connect app and sent it to my Fenix3 through the phone. No more waiting around!
The route is truly beautiful in places. It is also really grim in a lot of places too. There’s a fuckton of industrial zones up until Uxbridge when you finally get into Colne Regional Park and it transforms from grim into this.
Really want to run all the way up to Birmingham and back for a holiday sometime. Might do this in the spring.
Getting back from Rickmansworth was a nightmare. Had to change train to bus to bus. Stopped off in Harrow for an Auntie Anne’s pretzel but it was manky. Never trust an auntie.
Reached the target of 100km. Hit 113km for the week. That’s 4 weeks in a row I’ve been over 100km and my best week since Liberec when I was running to Poland every other day. Those were happy days and these days aren’t bad either.
Anyway, here are some tips on how to try to enjoy these longer runs. Follow my advice and you’ll look as happy as I did in the picture above.
- If you’re having a tough time mentally out there pausing can change your perspective and allow you to go further – If you’re slogging away and you feel like giving up, just pause for a bit to reassess the situation. Sometimes we feel bad mentally because our body is tired. Having a quick meal at a restaurant or a few drinks can put you back into a good mood and allow you to continue on from a position of strength.
- Expectations are limitations – If you’re transitioning from marathons to ultra runs it’s easy to put 18 to 20 miles as the maximum you can run in a training session. By breaking it up and slowing it down you can learn to go a lot further over time.
- Check your watch for a Resume Later or Pause function – You can view a 20 mile run as one single run or 3 or 4 intervals with some rest in between. This is not cheating. You are still spending more time on your legs and that is all that matters.
- Bring the food you love with you – If you love gels bring plenty of that shit along with you, otherwise try eating the foods you love in everyday life. I always stop off for some Mr Kipling as THEY ARE EXCEEDINGLY FUCKING GOOD. And cheap.
- Don’t worry too much about how you’re gonna get back – At least if you’re running in a build up area like London/South East England where the public transport is great and you’ll have multiple options to get back to where you want to.
- Apps can save you – I have a Compass app, Strava, GPX Viewer and Google Maps on my phone. I also use Google Assistant when I’m really lost although sometimes she doesn’t understand “OK Google, where the fuck am I for fuck’s sake you cunt?!?!”. You’re in hell boy and deservedly so.