Happy new year to you all.
2013 was a year of firsts for me. First steps into earning money from photography, first marathon, first ultra.
At the end of that Ultra I apparently said "never again". To be honest I don't remember saying this though I don't really remember much other than how much pain I was in that evening. According to Hannah I was already talking about doing another ultra by the next day.
I keep trying to work out why I want to run another ultra and I don't really have a good answer. I ran a couple of half marathons in the Autumn and, really, these just might be the perfect distance. After all I can train for them without taking up hours of every weekend and causing friction in the family and I don't feel destroyed for days after running one. So why oh why have I gone and signed up for three ultras in 2014?? I must be bloody mad.
Perhaps its the inspiration I got from seeing Andy Jukes and Jayne Angilly run the whole Cornish Coast Path in 10 days, or Steve Wyatt completing his and Loyd's crazy Non-stop North Coast Challenge; I was privileged to spend a few hours supporting both.
Or perhaps its because my friend Gareth, having trained for a few short weeks, beat me so convincingly at the Bournemouth half marathon (Gareth has no interest in running ultras!).
Or maybe I just like pain.
Whatever, I've paid my money so its to late too turn back now.
I'm doing the Endurance Life South Devon, AdventureHub Exmoor and MudCrew Plague. Maybe after this I'll have an answer as to why I want to run this bloody far.
In preparation for these events, rather than training lots, I am concentrating on buying loads of funky new kit so I look the part and everyone knows I am an ultra runner. I am the epitome of "all the gear and no idea".
I stopped writing this blog last year because, having achieved my dream of running an ultra, I had run out of things so say. Now I have some new goals and a shit-load of new kit though I can talk bollox for a few more months. Such fun!
Stayed tuned for the next exciting instalment...