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Fran Hughes ran: A bit disappointed an...
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- 39 miles
- 06:38 time
- 10:09 pace
- 6500 calories
A bit disappointed and fed up with yesterday's run. I planned to run each HM at around 1:55 or 9 min pace and taught given my training I should easily manage that but I knew after about 5 miles that it wasn't going to be my day. My legs were very heavy and I had no energy at all, feeling very drained and tired. I was taking on fluids and nutrition but whatever was up, it was going to be a long day. After the first HM, I decide to drop the pace down even more to around 09:30 pace and carried on until around mile 37 (after the monster hill) where I pulled something in my right calf. I stopped and tried to do a few stretches but it didn't work. So the final 2 miles felt like 10 and I hobbled over the line. My calf feels OK today but I haven't tried running on it and won't for a while. I'm glad to have completed the ultra of course, would I do it again, 'Yes', so it hasn't curbed my appetite for more. My only advice to anyone thinking of doing the ultra in Connemara, try the marathon first so that you get a good idea of what the hills are like, especially in the last HM.