Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Marathon of Training

These blogs detail my journey to a 50 km ultra-marathon as a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.


The training plan that I have been following to run the 50k at Elk/Beaver Lake dictates that I should run a marathon about 4 weeks out.

I figured running four laps of the five laps for actual course would be about a marathon's worth.

So I headed off to Vancouver Island with the family in tow.

I wanted to emulate the actual event as closely as possible, so I mixed up my race fuel, stocked my camelbak with water and gels, charged my iPhone, strapped on my shoes and headed out for four laps at 6 o'clock in the morning.

The course it super flat.  There is only one slight uphill that I am sure will be turn into a mountain on lap five. I am not sure why it is considered two lakes as it is just one body of water that you run around.  The lake(s) is littered with fisherman, both on and off the lake.  Many gave a friendly wave as I trudged on by.

40 K in the books
I was greeted by my support crew two laps in.  My wife Megin, 2 year old Master N, and 5 year old Master A were there with fresh socks, water, hugs and kisses.  Best race crew ever!

And I was off again to complete laps three and four.  Lap three was fine, but I did fade just a little on the last lap.  My legs started to ache and I took some short walk breaks.

As I approached the end my lovely wife was there to greet me.  Yay!  40k in the books.

While this wasn't quite a marathon, four laps of the five lap course was good enough to me.  I was beat up, but I still felt like there were ten kilometers more in my legs.

Roll on May 10th!

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