After a crazy busy 2019, which was a bit of a write-off as far as marathons and other running events were concerned (thanks to changing my career, and moving to a new flat, amongst other things…), I’ve got big and exciting plans for 2020. At the top of my list is the Exmoor Perambulation. Now I’ve done this event a few times in the past – the full 31-mile, self-navigated, self-supported hike across Exmoor – but last year, the event organisers introduced a new ultra run option. And a crazy, impossible idea worked its way into my brain.
Could I run 31 miles across Exmoor? Self supported? For my first ever ultra?
Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not a trail runner. All of my races have been on the road, except for the Denbies half marathon – but given that they offered wine at every aid stop, fancy dress was mandatory and it took me over 3 hours, I don’t really count it as a ‘proper’ trail race. (It was bloomin’ awesome, though!)
But to be fair, I know the Perambulation route and I love the event. There were a handful of finishers for last year’s inaugural run option (and the overall winner was a woman – REPRESENT), and as the runners passed us hikers a few miles in, I couldn’t help but want to be where they were instead. And since last June, that little niggle – that ‘what if?…’ just won’t go away. So I entered! And now I’m committed. And I’m putting together an ultra marathon training plan, with lots and LOTS of hills. And crossing my fingers.
Any experienced ultra runners out there? I’m going to need all the help I can get for this one!