My first ultra marathon is in under three weeks and I've pretty much done all I can to be ready for my 35-mile adventure round the beautiful island of Tiree. And after (fewer than is probably advisable) months of preparation, I've noticed a few things. I guess they're pretty standard signs of an ultra running in training but they're fairly new to me.
1. You convert all driving distances to running timesAs I've gradually increased my running distance, my brain has slowly become filled with numbers. I now know roughly how long it takes me to run all sorts of mileage, from 5-miles full of intervals to a casual 26.2. None of the times are fast but it puts into perspective the distances I normally drive. A trip to the nearest climbing wall is a 2.5-hour run, trotting from my home in Hertfordshire to central London would take around 5-hours, travelling by foot to my parents' in South Devon would possibly take days...
2. You're always on the lookout for running routes
Mid-conversation on the train, my mind has wondered towards the window. Whizzing through Hertfordshire fields, I've spotted a footpath and now I'm wondering how I'd get to it and how far it goes on for. My company understands, this has been a common occurrence. With four runs a week and some big miles to squeeze in, I've almost exhausted my local running routes. I'm keen to not get bored of my local trails, so whenever I pass what looks like a runnable route I'll take note.