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111 days until the Madagascar ultra-marathon
12-May-2014 06:25:45 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

I’m filing these blog entries every Monday. It’s now 111 days until the Madagascar ultra-marathon - 16 weeks. I am supposed to have just finished my second week of training. What a train-wreck this week has been. It’s been so off the rails that I almost don’t want to blog about it!. The problem started when I got back from a business trip from New York last Sunday and continued with poor planning for the week ahead. Lesson #1. Get organised and plan ahead. Straight off the plane, I clocked up 10km in the jungle at Bukit Timah in Singapore. Great start I thought, despite feeling tired, hopefully laid the foundation for a productive week of training for the week ahead. I used Run Keeper to record my distance and was impressed with this simple app. I’ll log all my runs on this. Monday morning I woke at 1am, due to jet lag from the New York trip. I still managed to make it into the gym 12 hours later and clocked a decent work out. That would be the case twice more during the week, logging a total of three gym sessions. I’m often surprised how well I train when tired. In fact mental stress tends to adversely affect my training more than physical stress, which is something I have also found in ultra-running. Aaron arranged for some body fat-testing at the gym, which we intend to do monthly, so we can keep track of the effects of the ultra-training. That went fine and 10% was decent, considering I haven’t been totally strict on my diet. I’m off my best measurement though which was 8.6% last year. Naturally I have now set myself the target of doing the impossible: dropping body fat while eating like a horse to keep weight on while I train. So all was good until Monday afternoon. My maid left for the Philippines for three weeks. Poor me I hear you muttering (not). With a busy life, I’m reliant on her to “run” the house and all that goes with it. Simultaneously work went off the dial with one of the busiest weeks in a long time. And one of my dogs got sick requiring close attention all week, which was a slight complication as my schedule was packed beyond the brim. We all deal with curveballs and I should have handled mine better. Perhaps from a lot of recent travel, my mental energy was low. Suddenly with my diet and routine out the window, and my schedule over-packed, the wheels literally fell off everything. I got over-tired, stressed and really didn’t clock many miles at all. Apart from a 3km run with the dogs on Tuesday morning, the only other physical activity other than my gym sessions, was a bit of walking during various spare moments of the week. I just didn’t have the energy to run, partly because my diet wasn’t well planned. I didn’t exactly eat junk, but I don’t feel I got enough calories in. I probably did drop body fat though, inadvertently. I had five units of alcohol during the week. Three of these were on Friday night and ironically, due to my intense week, those two wines and a vodka resulted in a bad hangover on Saturday morning. I was astonished at my lack of stamina, but it was a tell tale sign that I need to reign it all in and look after my body better. So I will bulldoze last week and focus on three learnings for the week ahead. 1. Plan ahead with my schedule, in all aspects of life, better 2. Get organised with my diet so I eat enough 3. Use friends to commit to training sessions
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Beth Barr

Posted: 05-Jun-2014 12:13:29 PM

I feel your pain - my year so far has looked remarkably like this... I'm also starting to wonder just how to hold it all togther until Madagascar. And then how to balance the mental and physical stamina needed to push through all the (inevitable) pain to the finish line....

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