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I am taking part in the Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge on November 2nd , its a 3 day event, a marathon a day totalling in 78.6 miles along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Is anyone else mad enough to have entered??
Hi EH. Yes, am doing this one too. Completed the ACC a few weeks ago which was fantastic. If this is anything like that then it's going to be another amazing 3 days. Roll on Friday!
Well im glad to hear you say it was fantastic, I will admit I'm a little nervous but I have had the luxury of living near the coast path so have had plenty of training runs on it, just hope its not too muddy! How was ACC and do you have any tips on recovery for the legs after each day?
Yea I live just outside of Tenby which is right on the coast path, so Ive practiced along that stretch and have been up to Dale and done 14 miles up there, it was so muddy it was more wading than running though!! I was thinking that a couple of beers would help recovery and I have got eating lots down to a fine art!! I have to agree that after being on your feet for hours at a time I find downhill far worse than uphill, my poor knees have taken a real hammering lately. Well I use the word "team" loosely, there are 3 of us taking part but we haven't decided to run /stay together once we get going. Two of us are staying in a b and b in St davids and the other is driving back home every day.Are you coming from far? Elly
There are a few steps along the way on the first day but nothing too ridiculous! Poor woman (I would have laughed aswell), I went out on the coast path a few weeks back and my once blue running leggings were mud brown up to the knee and my trainers were unrecognisable Free beer!!!!! my two favourite words. That is a very long drive, im only an hour away and im not driving there or back thank god. You can guarantee the people your staying with are all mad as theyve entered this race!!!I did have a look at the Brecon Ultra , So many races I want to do its hard to decide which ones to enter, after the PCC I have a 10 mile race in Pembrey, then nothing until the Born to Run Ultra 40mile in Llanelli, which will be the farthest ive run in one go. Its my first ultra but all my long runs have been 20+ and done a few back to back runs of 20 miles each, im not too worried about the distance its the weather thats worrying me! What are you eating to carb load, I seem to have lost my appetite completely ... think its because of the nerves creeping in
No I just run with a few others or by myself. Ha ha I wish it was the Copper canyon Ultra, the book is amazing and I didnt want to put it down once I started reading it, the best book I have read in a long long time!! Ive already started thinking about times I want to finish in , im too competitive! Yea im layering up and keeping my jacket in my bag, im boiling within minutes of running!Ive forced down noodles and a sandwich and now feel so full its uncomfortable! What sort of times were you finishing each day in for the ACC?
Sorry, you've got me talking about running, as you might guess it's a bit of a passion!
This also brings back great memories of Cornwall, hard to believe it all starts again on Friday
Dont apologise, I tend to go on when im talking about running and you can see peoples eyes glazing over!! Wow those times are amazing and 6th overall is an acheivement, considering the terrain those times are good!! Rosie Swales from tenby, shes crazy doing all that running around!!!! This is weird but I had to pull out of London Marathon in 2007 due to shin splints and I had to pull out of Edinburgh aswell, I was so upset, I couldnt walk for weeks!! If you like the book "Born to Run" you should get the dvd " Running the sahara" it is amazing, I think these 3 guys end up running for 120 days, its incredible!! I am running in my Asics Fuji, they are the most comfortable lightweight off road shoes i have ever run in and they were half price when i bought them so even better! Talking of people in compression gear, one of the guys im running with ( hopefully I will lose him!!) has got so much kit youd think he was running the Marathon de Sable!! God he is definately all the gear and no idea, hes bought a kit bag that takes a degree to get on and there sme with my £10 quid hydration backpack from Tesco, I like to run on a budget. Elly
That sounds like three days of heaven for me, i normally bore the hell out of everyone blabbing on about this race and this book and these trainers! If we are admitting stuff I own 3 pairs of compression socks which I wear after my long runs but they cost no more than £5 a pair. My backpack is brill considering how cheap it was, I do have a camlebak but it was too small for all the kit we have to carry.
I havent seen that dvd but im going to have a look for it on amazon, ive ordered Scott Jureks "eat and run" The weather down here has been atrocious today, howling winds and lashing down rain.....its gonna get very very messy
I read that about Dean Karnazes, I read an interview with him in a health food mag and he mentioned the pizza in that. I love Scott Jurek , I just think he's amazing cant wait to read the book. A brilliant website that I go on is www.nomeatathlete.com its based on vegetarian and vegan running but the majority of articles and blogs are for all runners, as an ex-vegan I do try and be as meat free as possible but sometimes its hard to pass up a bacon sarnie,. My downfall was getting drunk and eating a scotch egg and then mid chomp remembering I was vegan...it was all down hill from there! I will own up to having a pair of orca compression shorts, they are possible the tightest most uncomfortable bit of clothing I own, also one pair of compression socks are illuminous pink!!
Yes it was a 3am scotch egg, was very ashamed of myself after enjoying it so much!! I bought chia seeds/ frog spawn after reading Born to Run not sure what sort of effect they have though, I keep waiting for someting to happen. I did look at the Oner but ive booked in to do the Dirty Weekend beginning of May so financially its just not doable. I shall be wearing the pink socks on day one so you'll spot me very easily ( and run away) A mate of mine keeps trying to get me to take part in triathlons but my swimming is shockingly awful and im too easily distracted to ride a bike safely
A group of us are also debating the Marathon de Medoc, what could be better running and drinking
I drank the frog spawn, it tasted non descript to be honest but the texture was unnerving!! I agree swimming is the devils work
I havent run since last friday, was gonna go for a 10 on sunday but woke up saturday with stinking cold so thought it best to rest really instead of making myself worse. Im not normally that sensible but thought i should just have a break and recover. I have a really weak immune system so I need the rest sometimes . Im itching to go run now though, instead of running ive mainly been eating ( shovelling haribo into my mouth as I type).I think its good to have a little rest.have you tapered??