The countdown is on to the Ultra-Trail Australia on 14 May. It’s only three weeks from this post, and all the runners I know are looking forward to it, partly just so that it will be over! Training for super long runs like the 50km and 100km take a huge amount of time. Most people are running at least four or five days a week, and the long runs on the weekend are now taking three hours or longer. We’re all looking forward to a break after the run.
The UTA is held in the Blue Mountains, and I’ve been down there twice to run two sections of the 50km for training and to get a good qualifying time. It’s a challenging course, with lots of up and down, steep steps, and few chances to fall into a rhythm.
The disturbing part of my training is that I’ve been putting on weight! It’s a trap for runners that we start doing large miles and eating a lot to fuel the exercise. We all imagine that we must be losing weight because we’re running so much, but it is so much easier to take in calories than it is to burn them. It throws out normal routines and restraint, but at least the eating part is enjoyable!