After a huge race season last year and a massive break over the Christmas and New Year festive season I have had a slow start to my training. Everything has ached, my legs have been feeling like led and my mind has been lacking motivation for consistency.
Fortunately I have had this race to look forward to and with it creeping closer and closer, my urgency for gearing up the training has been just what I needed.
So from I what I have heard from fellow Salomon Australia athlete Stuart Gibson the first 15.5km is downhill with 5000 steps to pound down before the up hills begin. And going on previous race photos its going to be stinking hot! Luckily there are 17 water/fuel stops along the 45km track which means I am not going to carry anything extra. Just me, myself and my Salomon Speed Cross (oh and some light race clothing).
The record time for woman is Emma Murray at 3.37hr in 2008. This is a cracking time as she is within 10% of the men’s record 3.15hr in 2009 and generally top females aim to be within 15%. So with the 4hr time in mind I have been trying to excavate the mileage I did in November and December for the San Francisco TNF50 by getting out on my local mountains – Mt Cargill and Flagstaff. I have continued working on my overall body strength going to body pump, attack and balance classes at the gym as well as swimming and core strength conditioning. I have felt this to be a huge benefit in the final miles when the body starts to tire and the technique starts to weaken I can hold my form for longer.
I have been hunting out runs that have some good steps in them to run down as the eccentric loading can lead to a lot of pain and lactic build up especially after 15.5km when we start the up hill. Often they go like ‘Jelly’ and it takes a bit of time to flush it all out. I am not known for running downhill especially well and always find it quite challenging but I will look forward to catching up lost time once on the way up!
What specific training have you been doing for the Six Foot Track Marathon???
Any great advise you can give me for my first race in Australia?