So it’s been just over a week since I ran Endure 24 as a solo runner and the big event high has now gone. For some reason I always feel like I can conquer the world the days following a big event, even if my body is battered. I always have a rule that I won’t sign up to any new events for 10 days after finishing a big event, this stops me getting carried away.
Endure was tough, however saying that it was always going to be. I had a few goals in my head, the first being to cover more than the 55 miles which I have done in the past. Then if all was going well aim for 75 miles and then the ultimate of 100 miles. The good news is I covered 65 miles (13 laps) of a hilly looped course in under 24 hours. That milage is good, but I know deep down I could have covered more. To be fair having only covered 192 miles running so far this year I’m shocked I did that well.
Since the Ironman last year my training has dropped off. I don’t think it’s possible to keep that level of training up with a physical job, family and other commitments without having a break. If I’m totally honest this race was in my way, I have the challenge for next year in my mind and I wanted to start training for that. The plus side is that with any tough race I always learn so much more than one that goes to plan.
So there you have it, Endure 24 is in the past and it was my wake up call. I am now focused on the task in hand and have started to eat better and have worked out how I need to move forward. I have a few events left this year but all are helpful to keep me on the road to next year’s challenge.