Friday, 24 July 2015

Eiger done, Swissalpine tomorrow

Just a quick update about the Eiger. I finished the race under 19 hours (slightly shorter route due to bad weather) and will run the Swissalpine K78 tomorrow. I've almost recovered from the Eiger, just slight pain on my knees. Hopefully it won't cause any trouble tomorrow. 

Stay tuned for the race reports in a few days. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Two ultras in 10 days, yet another new experience

I am heading to Switzerland to run the Eiger Ultra Trail E101 and the Swissalpine K78. I have run both these races before. Both were my major goals at the time. This time though I am going to run theses races to prepare myself for the UTMB.

The training has been all right so far. I have trained much more than last year and climbed much higher. The only problem is a slight knee pain that I have since last week. It's kind of weird as it happens when I started tapering. Hopefully it won't cause me any trouble this Saturday. And if it does, it will be a part of the suffering you always experience during an ultra. So there is nothing to be worried about.

My goal time for the Eiger is 22 hours. Last year I did it in 25:12. Considering the amount of training that I had, it should be possible.  I have spent some time analysing the route and set time limits for every check point. Whatever happens I am going to give it all I've got. This is what ultra running is all about, pushing yourself to your limits, and then reach beyond that. It's about moving on when you think you cannot take the very next step. 

A week after the Eiger, I will be at the start line of the Swissalpine K78. The race that means a lot to me. It was on that trail that I ran my first ever marathon (C42 in July 2012) and my first ultra. This time I will run it shortly after the Eiger. So that would be yet another new experience which I cannot wait for. 


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Eiger E101, The Swissalpine K78 and The UTMB

The title says it all, in the following 11 weeks I will run three ultras. The Eiger Ultra Trail E101, the Swissalpine K78 and the UTMB.

My training is going fairly well and I have three more weeks of intense training before tapering for the Eiger. Last year I finished it in 25 hours and 12 minutes and this year I will try to run it under 22 hours. A week after the Eiger I'll be heading to Davos to run the Swissalpine K78 for my second time. These two races will be my longest training sessions for the UTMB. After the K78 I'll have a week of recovery, two weeks of training and 10 days of tapering.

Now I am analysing the UTMB route. Trying to set a time goal for every check point. I'll try to post more frequently and update you about my training. You can also have a look at my movescount profile or instagram page (both links are in About / Contact tab)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

One step at a time

The UTMB is now only 15 weeks away and I cannot wait for that. Having said that, there are 15 weeks of intense training ahead and I already feel a bit stressed. 

Training for an ultra is pretty much like running an ultra, both mentally and physically. During an ultramarathon, there are moments - better said "hours" - that you enjoy running. You move forward effortlessly. There are also hours of struggling and pain. There are moments that you seriously question if you can go on, you wonder if you can climb the hill in front of you, sometimes you just thinking of how to take the next step. 
“I always start these events with very lofty goals, like I’m going to do something special.And after a point of body deterioration, the goals get evaluated down to basically where I am now – where the best I can hope for is to avoid throwing up on my shoes.” – Nuclear Engineer and ultrarunner, Ephraim Romesberg, 65 miles into the Badwater Ultramarathon
When you are training for such an event, you have to get out six or seven days a week and run. If there are times that you cannot move forward due to fatigue or an injury, if  you miss a couple of training sessions because of your busy schedule, you probably feel stressed. Then you need to think about the race. You won't run a 100 Miler easily, there are for sure moments of pain and fatigue. You have to be prepared for the physical and mental torture.Everyone has good or bad days. Learn to push yourself as hard as you can on your good days, and to embrace the failure when bad days come.

I've got a couple of long runs planned for this weekend. The first proper back-to-back long runs of the season. Hopefully I'd cover 50km and 3000 meters of elevation. 15 weeks to the UTMB and 8 weeks to the Eiger! There are loads of training to do.

I'll post a weekly update on my training from now on. Take care and stay tuned.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

UTMB, 19 weeks to go

My training for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc started three weeks ago. The first few weeks of any training plan has always been quite hard. This one was no exception. I started my training on 21 March which is the first day of the year in Iranian calendar. Twisted my left ankle on the second day but with a short rest I recovered quite fast and could manage to cover 140 km in my first two weeks. I also had another problem on my right foot. It is called Bunionette, and that is when the end of the toe got swollen and it can cause pain in different shoes. I visited a doctor and figured out that the only effective cure is an operation that requires a few weeks of recovery. But hopefully I can keep on training and leave that for after the big race.

So I had an easy week of training and now I'm ready to get back into my training plan. I would rather increase the weekly mileage slowly than risking overtraining and injury. I'll keep you informed about my training every week. You can also check my training log using the link provided on "About / Contact" tab. Please let me know your opinion about my training. Any advice is appreciated.