Saturday, 4 July 2015

That thing called running/ Lavaredo Ultra

So here we are at the beginning of the second half of the year, year of unexpected moments and completed goals. Goals which were behind of my running, however still connected to it, mentally and time wise depended.

For the time being in current year I had two main goals:

1. Complete my degree, 5 year part time Computer Science study
2. Race the Lavaredo ultra at the end of the June

I finalised the first point from my list, the end of 5 year long experience of working full time, studying part time and competing in ultras. Managed to get to the UTMB during this years as well so yes it was busy & interesting time.

The second point from my list for 2015 Lavaredo Ultra, appeared under question mark at the beginning of the April where during my steady run I felt a pain behind the ankle. I managed to carry on and finish my run however the day after the pain was back even stronger.

After couple of visit to the physio and investigating the pain source, I was officially off from the running. Unfortunately I was also unable to stand on the start line in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Unlucky however I fulfilled my free time in Cortina visiting the checkpoints and with Via Ferrata which is absolutely spectacular in the Dolomites.

Monday, 16 February 2015

RAB Mini Mountain Marathon

First event from the series in the small Peak District village Calver.
One of the first preparation races to the Ultra season and longer runs.

I may call it "preparation event" however regarding to the nature of the event this is always a tough running.
This time it wasn't different, lack of trails, open moorland heavily covered by the snow, knee deep in many wasn't just an easy preparation jog as you may think.

It quite funny when you race across deep snow and you struggle to move on with decent pace, sometimes simply traverse and making the path for others. Many times I had in my mind...this is not as it should be doh I'm not going to make it to the finish on time (4hr max time), I will need to replan my route again, but I just did it just few minutes ago, was it the right decision or I need to do it again!?

This is the beauty of UK Mountain Marathons where you need to Navigate and choose the route yourself constantly thinking of changing the route option to make it to the finish line on time.

After few hours of running & unexpected hill just a 1 km from the finish line which I completely misread on the map, I finished under 4hr, luckly no penalty points for me this time.

As an addition the good news were that I also won the race in overall and in my category also.