Wednesday 24 June 2015

Juneathon day 24/30 - "Much better, thank you, Aziz!"

Finished work and left for Croydon, already changed into my running gear. Determined to go to Croydon and hit another lap of the Croydon Ultra route.

Train from Victoria, super-fast to Croydon, under 15 minutes

Thankfully the route is very different to my route home, so once I'd got to Victoria I was committed. It was well under an hour from desk to Lloyd Park tram stop, the start/finish of the lap.

A few stops on the Croydon Tramlink

I decided on a change to Sunday's plan - this time I would walk all the up-hills, regardless of how long they were, and run the flats and downhills. Not running the ups really helped, I had much more energy throughout. I stopped at the petrol station again for water, but was feeling good.

Much more even pacing this time

All the death march walking I did on Sunday was runnable today, and I completed the lap a massive 25 minutes faster coming in at 2:52:57 - and shaving off about a kilometre through knowing where I was going and not making mistakes.

Happy with that!

Much better, thank you, Aziz! I still think two laps is going to be hard, but it's supposed to be - it's an ultra marathon. But, unlike Sunday, I at least now feel it's achievable.

Happy face

But first, I have to get through the ominously named "Hitchin hard half marathon"; I understand hills may be involved.

My Juneathon totals: 24 runs for 203.33km in 21:51:33

1 comment:

  1. "...self guided, self timed event..." (Croydon Ultra entry form) - looks like there's no mandatory kit and the route may well not be marked at all.