2015 turned out to be a bit of a roller coaster, both personal and running. Without a doubt the two running highlights were completion of the Double Cateran and an unexpected 105 miles at the Glenmore 24. There was a price to pay though, a long recovery was required after the DC110 and a two month injury after the G24 took the wind out of my sails. The extended recoveries after long ultras were probably caused by under training and a lack of core strength, something I must sort out for 2016.
I was disappointed to miss the Jedburgh Ultra but enjoyed being part of the team, I'll have to marshal at another race this year. The Glen Ogle 33 was a pleasant surprise to round off my race events, then it was time for Marcothon, a very easy December run mostly around my local roads.
I joined the group 2015 in 2015 and was on target until the DC110. Recovery after long races meant I quickly realised 2015 miles was unrealistic, eventually totalling 1329 miles.
I really enjoyed crewing for Richard at the WHW race in June which probably swayed the decision for me to run the WHW rather than DC110 this year.
So here's what is on the go for 2016.
Confirmed entries -
12th March D33
30th April Highland Fling
14th May Cateran 55
18th June West Highland Way
Devil o the Highlands (first time)
Glenmore 24 (on the waiting list)
Jedburgh 3 peaks
Glen Ogle 33
For the past few years I have used the Ultra Ladies 100 mile event training program. I still have not decided on a training plan as yet, but whatever plan I use, I'll need to be disciplined in doing core strength exercises.
Simmering in the background is still my East to West challenge, it's not gone away but won't be attempted till possibly 2017 which just happens to be when I'm fifty.
So here's to 2016, happy new year everyone, may it be a good one.
November 43 miles.
December 74 miles.