The Deer Runner

The Deer Runner

Monday, 12 May 2014


I'm going to the Cateran.  I don't know whether to be excited or terrified.  I think I'm both.  There's no question a better run up to the race would have made me feel more confident.  Now, when I feel every twinge or stiff muscle I convince myself something is wrong which will threaten my entry.

After sports massage last week I did a very slow and steady 3 miles on Thursday with no calf pain, all was well.  The weekend was make or break where I set out not knowing what distance to run.  On Saturday I was paranoid as I ran past the five mile mark and hit the trails.  If the calf misbehaved it was withdrawal time, simple as that.  I ran up and down Brimmond hill with no problems and returned with 12 miles under my belt.
So far so good, I still had the back to back Sunday run to do, this time round the Deershire roads.

I loaded the iphone with two hours of music and set off, I needed the tunes to put a spring in my step and it worked.  At one point I really felt I got my mojo back as the suns rays shone on the surrounding countryside.
After 13 miles it was job done with no adverse effects.

The right leg is a bit stiff and I do think I've lost a bit of fitness but I'll just have to give it my best shot.
I decided to take the race on for a couple of reasons.  I need a break and can't think of a better place to be this weekend than the hills of Perthshire and I don't want to miss another race, especially as this is in my opinion the best ultra in Scotland.

I have a lot of organising to do, including information to my back up team but I'll start on that tomorrow.

Mon 3, Thurs 3, Sat 12, Sun 13. Weekly total 31 miles.

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