70 miles is a long way

In the days since running 70 miles at Endure 24 it has become very apparent that a lot of people struggle with the whole concept of running that far. There’s been a lot of disbelief and rationalisation going on.

Some of the answers given to questions this week have been as follows;

  • Yes, it is further than running from Portsmouth to London
  • Yes, it is a good distance for a bike ride
  • Yes, it is like running the Great South Run 7 times in a row
  • Yes, it would have been easier to use a car
  • Yes, I do like to run a bit
  • Yes, I am still quite porky, I like food, what can I say!
  • Yes, I did pay good money to do this
  • Yes, I did run for over 18 hours

And on the flip side of that

  • No, I have not run the London marathon
  • No, I wasn’t doing it for charity 
  • No, I can’t think of better ways to spend my weekends
  • No, I didn’t get bored

I’d be lying if I said it was easy, but if a 17 stone lump like me can rack up 70 miles in 18.5 hours then I’m sure a lot of you could do it and more besides. It’s all about desire I guess, or stubbornness maybe, apparently I can be a bit stubborn. I do also love running and spending time with my running family. I’ve made so many good friends and wouldn’t have gone as far as I did without their support and encouragement. #proudtobepjc

As I alluded to in a previous post about Endure, if I had done some proper training for this distance rather than bouncing from distance race to distance race I could have pushed further. I’m already waiting patiently for entries to open up so I can book a place for next year and train with the end goal of running 100 miles in 24 hours and earning myself a special Tshirt.

  • Yes, there are easier ways of getting a tshirt…

In reality though 70 miles is still not a big distance in terms of ultra running. Racking up 100 miles in 24 hours is an amazing achievement and will earn you a coveted belt buckle. However, 100 miles also isn’t a long way in terms of ultra running. There are races that go on for days and days where you have to be self sufficient and carry all your kit with you. Now that is hardcore? Truly hardcore. Running 70 miles is just a nice day out in comparison.

So, what’s next? Well I have a 12 hour overnight endurance run coming up on the 1st July, the aptly named Insomniacs. That starts at 6pm Saturday and goes through till 6am Sunday. I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve also got the Midnight marathon and a few more 6 hour multiloop races on the horizon.

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