Episode 11 – Deerstalker Wrap-Up and Arran Ultra Prep

Having completed the Mighty Deerstalker, Alex and Jamie talk about how it went and how tragically under-prepared they are for the Ultra Tour of Arran. 14km to over 90km? Sure, should be fine…


Events mentioned in this episode:

Mighty Deerstalker – Event Link
Ultra Tour of Arran – Event Link
The Wall – Event Link
Ultra Tour of Edinburgh – Event Link

Onward to Arran!

Let’s assess what I said I would do:

1. Assuming I can manage 20miles/week on my first week back comfortably I should be fine. If I’m really struggling then there will need to be some re-consideration on my part. 

2. I will probably need to up my distance more rapidly than the guides stipulates three weeks in to ‘catch-up’; but this I’ll have to keep an eye on.  

3. Get some actual yoga sessions in.

4. Get a flu shot.

Me, 13th January 2019

OK – so I didn’t do 20miles/week on my first week back. Perusing the training forum I don’t think I clocked a 20mile week until w/c 4th February – almost a month later.

The following statement probably sums up my training: 

Was supposed to run 20mi on the weekend (like 10mi/day) – but spent Saturday hung over then Sunday I…just didn’t. 

Me, 4th February 2019

Or this one:

My plan for this morning to do a 20miler went out the window as I was supremely hungover and did not get out of bed until 1400… 

Me, 23rd February 2019 

That said, the day after saying this I did do 28miles (although 10 of that was walking…). That made my first 20mile+ week! (I think, I was a bit too lazy to actually check all the numbers).

Now, I did say some re-consideration may be needed on my part. Sensibly, yes – daftly, no. Last week I did manage 20mi/13mi back-to-back. Although none of the races we’ve done so far have been over a marathon distance… actually…I don’t think I’ve done a marathon yet this year…oh dear… 


OK, anyway – looking at the cut-off times for the Ultra Tour of Arran, they are 12hrs/day and right now I feel that I am able to comfortably meet that timing. Although I will not be running the whole thing. Sorry – but I think a heavy amount of walking will be on the menu.  

But, surely on the other 3 points I’ve done better? Based on the above I think we can skip over point #2 and get straight onto yoga! 

Well, whilst I didn’t go to a tonne of yoga classes I did spend lots of time stretching – until early March. At this point I started having some knee problems and calf issues. So, I’ve cut back on stretching, focusing instead on cross training on the bike (lots of spinning) in the last weeks leading up to the event.

Also, I didn’t get a flu shot. 

Ok, so I’m batting 0/4 going into the first ultra-marathon of the year. But, based on my running to date I am confident I will be able to complete it through adequate pacing. Two weeks to go, yay…

Don’t try this at home… 

Episode 8 – The Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k

This week we discuss the first event we actually ran together this year – the Hadleigh Legacy 10k – and moaning way too much about the coffee situation at West Ham station.


Events mentioned in this episode:

The Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k – Event Link
13 The Hard Way – Event Link
Richmond Park Half – Event Link
Street Child Craft Half – Event Link

Episode 7 – Queen Elizabeth and Crystal Palace 10Ks

In this episode we discuss what we have already changed in our events planning, our (lack of) training progress and titular events we have done to date! Note: Tunnock’s Caramel Bars seem to sell for about £1.75 for 8, not £1 – inflation sucks.


Events mentioned in this episode:

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k – Series Link
Crystal Palace 10k -= Event Link
Steyning Stinger – Event Link
Spartan Race – Series Link
Silverstone Half Marathon – Event Link
Ultra Tour of Arran – Event Link
The Wall – Event Link
Ultra Tour of Edinburgh – Event Link
Beer Lovers Marathon – Event Link
Dirty Weekend – Event Link
Costa Rica Coastal Challenge – Event Link
Mighty Deerstalker – Event Link
Cambridge Harriers 10 Mile XC  – Event Link
Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k – Event Link
Richmond Park – Event Link
The Street Child Craft Half-Marathon – Event Link

Other media mentioned in this episode:

Brave Wilderness – YouTube Channel Link


Podcast Episode 6 – 2019 Events, Part 6

The final episode in the series covering our initial outlook and plans for events in 2019!


Events mentioned in this podcast:

Adventure Challenge – Event Link

City to Summit – Event Link (Not running in 2019)

Saltmarsh 75 – Event Link

Survival of the Fittest – Series Link

Hellrunner – Series Link

Ultra Tour of Edinburgh – Event Link

Druids Challenge – Event Link

Escape from Meriden – Event Link

City to Sea – Event Link