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August 14, 2019

Footwear Technician Tom Reflects on his first ultra-marathon

Thomas Scales footwear technician took part in the ultra marathon Race To The Stones in July. In this blog post he reflects on his training and the race.

 

 
So, it’s been a few weeks now since I finished my first ultra-marathon, so it seemed like a good time to reflect on the race and training.
 
I had originally planned to race the 100km non-stop, however I had encountered a few interruptions to my training in the month running up to the events and therefore made the executive decision to change to the 50km as I felt like my preparations wouldn’t allow me to have enjoyably complete the full 100km route. After an early morning alarm, I made the trip across to the start with a few minutes to spare and was instantly impressed by the sheer number of people who were getting ready to run at such an early hour.

Once I had set off, I held a causal pace to try and warm up my body and to get used to running with a race vest (this was my first time ever running with water or energy sweets with me).

This was one of my main concerns going into the race as I had practised the running nutrition but have always had convenient place for me to pick up water so never ran with the extra weight.
 
These concerns were quickly alleviated as by the 3 mile I barely knew I had it on and if anything, it felt more comfortable for some reason than running without. I made it through the first few checkpoints fairly easily, mainly distracted by the picturesque views that surrounded the route. The middle of the race came with a nice surprise of running alongside the stretch of the Thames I used to row on at Wallingford.

Beyond this point things suddenly became significantly hillier. This something I hadn’t had an opportunity to practice, by this point I found myself running down the hills whilst trying to walk anything with an incline.

In hindsight I should have tried to keep the running up slightly more than I did, as by the final checkpoint I could feel my legs starting to stiffen up and the running became infinitely harder on anything other than a large downhill section.
 
I found myself starting to walk more than I was running, but I wasn’t too concerned as I didn’t have a time in mind. I ended up finishing 20 minutes slower than if I had pushed through.
 
Finally made it to the finish where I was greeted with music, food and a bar! Basically, a huge festival set up which is exactly what I needed after a long day on the feet!
 
I very much went into the race with the mindset that it would be long and hard and would probably never want to run again.

However, because I was running at a chilled out pace through a stunning part of the country the entire run didn’t feel too hard.

I expect you will see me racing there again next year, which is something I never thought I would say!

 

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