The last few weeks

Andy Luke
Tuesday, 25 September, 2012

Less than a week to go until the LadyBower50 and I thought I’d best give you a final update on my progress.  Well I hope it won’t be a final one… The reason why there’s been such a lull since my last blog is because I’ve been away on holiday.  A brilliant break in Bulgaria if not badly timed.  I was given my last few weeks of training from Nick our coach in which he advised the hardest part of the training is over and the tapering has begun in the lead up to the race.  I printed off a paper copy and packed it with all my running gear, carb gels, my Salomon ruck sack and trundled off to the airport.  

Holiday training

  I was away for a total of 12 days and the plan was to be running on 10 days over this duration.  Once I was there though it was a different story.  Let’s just say tapering was not the best description for the approach to my holiday training.  I ran a handful of times.  There were many factors that lead to my slacking but let’s just say the main contributor was alcohol.  I don’t feel I have to explain my actions any further.  

Pre-race nerves

  I don’t think I’d be human if I said running 50 miles still wasn’t a daunting prospect.  However throughout the 3 months of training I have put in for the race; I do feel that I have put enough effort, time and energy into my training in order to see me round it.  I’m feeling confident and have faith in the wise words of my mentors.  Add in the continuous support I have received from my girlfriend, family and friends I believe that I will complete the race. I’ll probably jinx myself by saying it but I’m aiming to finish in less than 10 hours.  Whether that’s realistic or not – who knows but I’ll just be happy to complete it.


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