Eight Point Two

Amy Freeman – 1st training blog

This is the next blog from Amy Freeman, one of our Dig Deep Peak District competition winners.  Amy is fairly new to ultra running and the UTPD will be her furthest ultra marathon distance.   Her first ultra marathon was the Dig Deep Peak District Intro ultra last year.  So for anybody new to ultra marathon running keep an eye on Amy’s progress for tips and motivation!  Amy includes climbing in her weekly training and it’s interesting to see how the two sports compliment each other…

Amy Freeman, training for UTPD, in Mammut

Amy Freeman, training for UTPD, in Mammut

It’s mid-February and I’m six weeks into my 25 week training plan for the UTPD.  This is the first time I’m attempting a race of anything like this distance – my first ever Ultra Marathon was the Dig Deep Intro last July, and my longest race to date is the 34 mile Ribble Way Ultra. It’s safe to say running 60 miles is new territory for me but, as long as I put in the training, there’s nothing to stop me running the distance.  The only way to find out is to go for it!

I’ve just run a 48 mile week, and will build up to 70 before the race. The training plan itself is one I’ve taken from the book Relentless Forward Progress, and then doctored to fit around the rest of my life and the few other races I’m doing before the UTPD.  I’m a keen climber too so on rest day or a low mileage day I’ve been heading to the climbing wall. Unlike running which will get me out in all weather, I must confess to being a fair-weather outdoor climber! I find the core strength and balance you gain from climbing to be helpful to my running and as I often run alone, the climbing is a great social way to train too. Plus it’s fun!

 I live in town and have a long commute to and from work so I don’t have time to run on trails every day. However, at least once per week I get out and run on the trails and fells for a long run – my local favourites being Anglezarke Moor towards Darwen Tower and Winter Hill, and the stunning Parlick and Forest of Bowland.

I ran my first race of the year at Dig Deep’s Resolution Run, which was on a beautiful frosty day and I have a few other races lined up before UTPD. The Haworth Hobble in early March (32 miles), the Manchester Marathon in April (which I’m doing for charity and drawing as I go) and the Great Lakeland 3 day Mountain Marathon in May, which will be great nav practise and my first go at back-to-back-to-back long runs. I’m really excited about all of these and the challenge ahead in the run up to the UTPD. Wish me luck!


Check out our latest addition to the Dig Deep Race Series: Dig Deep Suffolk, 6th&7th September 2014.
Featuring 4 fantastic trail races through Suffolk:
5.5 mile Rendlesham Dash Suffolk Trail Race starts at 10:30am on Sunday 7th September £13.00
20KM Rendlesham Suffolk Trail race starts at 10:15am on Sunday 7th September £17.00
28 mile Suffolk Trail ‘Intro Ultra’ starts at 10am on Saturday 6th September £40.00
50 mile: ULTRA Tour of Suffolk (Suffolk trail ultra marathon) starts at 8am on Saturday 6th September £55.00


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