A marathon is a 42KM run (or jog or walk or crawl). It's a stupid sport but certainly not for the stupid. Joining a marathon without adequate training is stupid.
But I want to be stupid. I want to join an ultramarathon (the 100K challenge) and I figured if I can get away with doing a 42K with the training that I have, I think I can survive the 100K.
July-August were race months. I dont know how or why but we ended up joining weekend races for 5 straight weeks, thus, the training will just be a track training on Tuesdays and a long run on weekends. Simple, right?
Tuesdays would be interval or tempo or negative-split or whatever-comes-into-my-mind run.
Week 3 was the POGS 15K run. Time was 1:34.
With 4-weeks of training, I am ready for a marathon, right?
Well, I did finish the marathon but was reduced to walking at KM 25 & up and everytime I started and restarted running, my leg muscles would tighten up. Lack of mileage would be my convenient diagnosis for such. Time was more than 6 hours, inclusive of fun walks, race walks, three food stops & constant thinking of "Why am I doing this?"
Well, it was supposed to be a psychological training to prepare myself for the 100K challenge. If walking would not be a problem, I will survive.
But, walking is a problem for me. I don't enjoy it.
Thus, for now, no ULTRAMARATHON for me. It will make my life simpler. I will just be training for the Singapore 70.3 Ironman in March. The three Summit Triathlon Series (Olympic Distance) in Oct, Nov, & Jan will be great fitness exams.