Monday, 20 October 2014

Marathon preparation trail porn

With a week to go to my next marathon I wanted to run some trails to prepare myself for the type of terrain of the marathon and to break in my trainers to the world of muddy trails as they have so far in their short life been limited to road running.

I didn't want to have to run far to get onto the trail so I headed for a less familiar route which I have never previously ran but have walked before.

It was a glorious autumn morning all be it a bit on the warm side, I was dripping with sweat from very early on in the run.

The trail was magical, the peace and tranquility, the rustic autumn colours, the leaves carpeting the ground all spoiled somewhat by an abundance of nettles and plenty of sticky squelchy mud!

                      
                

I enjoyed running it so much, I was so pleased with my decision to choose this route but at the same time so disappointed to have not come this way more often!

I covered around 13km with a slower pace due to the stoppages and slow downs caused by particularly muddy or nettley sections of the trail. 

My run took in a variety of surfaces, grass, gravel tracks, mud, soily trails with the odd bit of tarmac. I think it has set me up well for the conditions next week in the marathon where the course as far as I know will be mainly muddy off road trails. 

I felt my running was OK and I feel alot better in the build up to this marathon than the last. 


My trainers are now well and truly inducted into trail running and all I can do now is rest, eat well and hydrate in the build up to marathon number three in the last three months!