Piss poor preperation = Piss poor performance
Well that just about sums it up, this year I did a half marathon and the Essex and Halsted Full Marathon which was my furthest distance and then I decided to up the game by entering the 110th Ultimate Trails Ultra in the Lake District.
Having never run any trails before and a pair of new Brooks Cascadia 10's I turned up at midnight having been up at 8am because I've got a 1 year old. So sleep deprived myself and a friend set off, to say I didn't show this the respect it deserved was an understatement, to cut a long story short, my mate buggered his knee after 10th decending a mountain, it then took 37 minutes to cover a mile, we carried on for 61km which took 10hr 15mins and then had to pull out as he was running on cocodomole (?) and we thought masking the pain was a bad idea and I wasn't confident enough to continue. On top of this I was shot beyond belief
So, I am determined to complete this and I have a year to train properly, and this is where I need your help
1. I live in Essex, how on earth do I get the necessary trail experience for a race iin the Lake District
2. I take it hills, hills and more hills are the order of the day
3. What if any gym work should I be doing and how rregularly
4. Diet, any tips?
I am prepared to do all and everything to conquer the Lake District so please advise away.
I am sitting here with both of my llegs swollen where the front of the foot meets the leg, all I can think of it setting the treadmill to full incline and pounding away for hours....This was the most sore part of my body towards the end.