The countdown

Gary Tebbutt
Wednesday, 3 October, 2012

Wednesday 3rd October and just returned from 2 weeks (and a few extra days due to car breakdown) holiday in France. Two days to go to the 35 mile Ultra on Saturday and I am feeling sluggish, unfit and not ready! I hate tapering but it has to be done. I have followed the training plan set by Nick to the letter and also had plenty of good runs in the south of France. It’s a great way to see a country as fellow Operation Ultra runner Matt has shown with his runs all over the world. I now need to believe that the completed training will give me the base for a good solid run on Saturday. I must not get to the start line thinking that I have not done enough or I suspect that things will very quickly get tougher than they need to be. I must admit though that I do feel stronger in my legs and aerobic fitness than ever before. Some of the hills in France were very steep and prolonged and I surprised myself with how I handled them.


Injury free!

No injuries to report (a previous knee niggle has cleared up thanks to prescribed stretches and single leg dips) and there is just the nutrition to plan for the race. Looks like Soreen, rice pudding and nuts / raisins for the race with maybe the odd savoury later on. All I need to do now is navigate my way around 35 miles of Ripon countryside. That could be the difficult bit.  

Running for charity

Once this race is completed I then have the Great Cumbrian Run (half marathon) in Carlisle the following day which I am doing with my son Paul. Paul is raising funds for the Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle. So if anyone feels like helping, even £1, it will be greatly appreciated by those in need.
It’s going to be quite a weekend!


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