Dairy of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 8

Dairy of a UGM Runner in Training – Week 8

By Paul Lacey 4 Weeks and Counting It’s four weeks until race day!! We are have broken the back of marathon training now and the excitement is starting to pick up. The few weeks (my bad!) since my last blog post has seen the culmination of my high mileage aerobic base building phase and the start of the specific mara pace phase. And boy can I feel the improvement – I’m finally getting that endless gliding feeling you get when in good form. But my word it hasn’t come easily. I have become well acquainted with constant leg ache, cramp, tiredness and absolutely ravenous ‘EAT EVERYTHING I CAN SEE’ hunger. At peak mileage, getting out of bed and the walk to the bathroom was always an interesting, if entertaining, experience. Hobble, slightly effeminate squeal, followed by a further hobble, arm-on-wall balance with associated grunt, and finally a curse stepping down a step into the bathroom, was the norm. Now, as I have previously mentioned this is my first serious marathon attempt with proper training and so this is very new to me. I asked a chap at work who can only be described as an elite runner (he’s in the 2:20s for a mara) if this constant fatigued feeling was normal. His response “welcome to my world”. Oh, no magic formula then. Cheers. In the last few weeks I have completed a 75 mile week and ran the full 26.2 mile distance on a training run, all topped off with a much welcome ‘rest’ week. The reduced millage week (40, down from an average 60) is to allow my...
The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 5

The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 5

By Andy Teale Week 5- Learning Curves and Long Distance Running There’s less than a month now until the Uganda marathon, and approximately three weeks until I step foot in Africa for the first time! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to land in Uganda and explore Masaka! But before that, there’s some marathon training to round off. The last two weeks have proved another big challenge as I’ve take on the milestone of 30K, and also revealed some last minute preparations I’ll need to work on over these final weeks. The Next Milestone: Conquering the 30K I was extremely pleased to reach the half marathon distance (13.1 miles) on 12th May, and even more thrilled to have completed it in 01:36:48. However with the weeks quickly ticking by, this was no time to dwell on the success for too long. There was still a way to go in my preparations for running 26.2 miles in Uganda. Therefore I decided my next aim should be an approximate three-quarter marathon: 30K… Attempt #1: Sunday 19th April A week after running 13.1 miles and scoring a PB, I was feeling prepared, hyped, confident and motivated all at the same time. I set off like I could take on the world… …and then 4 miles later… I had to stop! I couldn’t run another step. What had gone so wrong? I’d run further than this many times before. By studying my app I soon discovered what had gone wrong, as it told me I had broken two records: 1. I had run my fastest mile at 06:43 2. I had my fastest...

What I learned running 21k in Uganda

An out of practice – and unfit – runner takes on the challenge of a half marathon in Uganda. Here’s what happened next. I want to share my thoughts – mainly to reassure, but also to add a note of caution to those runners who haven’t begun(!) their training yet. Photos to come once  we can upload them… Some background: to give you an idea of my mental and physical state before the run. I landed in Uganda at 3am Saturday morning. Spent the day catching up on sleep and emails, and drank a few beers in the evening with the team. On Sunday, we woke up at 6:30am to go and promote the marathon at the 10k run being held in Kampala to celebrate the King’s birthday – it was hot, dusty and tremendous fun: but that’s a story for another time. After 3 hours in a car back to Masaka, my total consumption that day consisted of half a pack of peanuts, a coffee and a pint of milk. Training-wise, I haven’t undertaken a run of more than a mile since last September (and that’s a painful admission to make, given that I am organising a marathon). I’m tipping the scales at 14.5 stone, carrying a bit more weight around my waist than I’d like to admit, and coming off the back of a stag do last weekend that took its toll. My trainers are a lovely pair of Decathlon own brand road shoes – £14.99, thank you very much. All in all – not the preparation for a 13 mile course you’d find in many training manuals....
The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 4

The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 4

By Andy Teale Week 4- The Rollercoaster Ride of Training for a Marathon Up. Down. Up. Down. The last eight weeks have certainly felt like I’ve been on some sort of rollercoaster ride as I’ve been training for the Uganda marathon. There’s been high points, and on occasion, low points too. The first few weeks were particularly challenging. Running 3K or 5K was really tough, and running 10K seemed just too far too, with several runs being cut short at six or seven kilometres. Run 26.2 miles in Uganda in May? It seemed an impossible task. But then a few weeks later, things began to fall into place. Going for a run seemed less daunting as the routine fell into place. A 3K was over before I knew it, 5K became a consistent achievement, and I was reaching the 10K distance again. Things got even better in subsequent weeks. I ran a 10K in my best time ever, and reached a significant milestone in my training as I managed to run 20K. I felt like I was on cloud nine! However over the last fortnight, things have felt like they’ve been getting tough again. The shorter runs have felt hard again and not as comfortable, and I haven’t always managed to complete the distances I’ve been setting out to do. In particular I was especially disappointed I didn’t reach the half marathon mark on the Sunday before (in week 7), and only managing to get about half way through my planned route. With my training taking a set back, I was becoming concerned. Was I loosing the momentum I...
The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 3

The Road to Uganda: A Newbie’s Marathon Training Diary – Week 3

By Andy Teale Week 3- How I’m Preparing to Run a Marathon…in Uganda! The big question: how do you prepare for the marathon in Uganda when you’re not in Uganda yet? This is a question I didn’t take too much notice of during the opening few weeks of my training. Back in February and up until now, the focus has solely been on making sure I can run a 26 miles course. That was the first objective of my training; the first step. Of course I’m not there yet and still have a way to go. But as I’m now running 4-5 times a week, getting the occasional PB and steadily working on the longer distances, I feel it’s time to turn my attention to preparing my body to run in Uganda specifically. Luckily starting this phase of my training as come at the perfect time. Details of the course have just been released (www.strava.com/routes/2045931) and there’s also a really helpful training blog available from Paul who’s been lucky enough to spend some time out in Uganda. (ugandamarathon.com/diary-of-a-ugm-runner-in-training-week-5/) From what I understand, there’s going to be a lot to content with: hills, heat, and humidity. If that wasn’t enough, there are the uneven dirt paths, unsteady terrain and altitude to test the lungs too. As you know, I’m not the most experienced runner, but below is my shot at trying to make sure I’m ready to run a marathon on a another continent! Hills, Hills, Hills Thursday saw me take on my first session of hill training in preparation for the marathon. It was only a modest 5K, but...

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