Marcel is a Foundation Run member training for his first ultramarathon. He’s sharing his thoughts and tackling it one run at a time.
The Tarawera Ultra Marathon is upon us. Everything Debbie and I have been working towards comes to fruition this weekend. We’re as physically prepared as possible. Crucially, we’re mentally ready too.
Pain and despair will swing hard at various points along the ultra marathon course, but thanks to our training, most of what we experience will be familiar and therefore, hopefully, not too overwhelming.
Week by week, particularly through the speed and endurance sessions, we’ve faced smaller scale versions of breaking point moments that we might expect to be confronted with during the event. We’ve learned to make peace with those moments – ride them through, tough them out, get to the next hurdle.
When you’re gasping through your fifth set of 1.5km sprints knowing you have another set to go, thinking there’s nothing left in the tank, and the end of the session feels a million miles away – but then you not only complete the session but hit your pace target ... that’s an empowering lesson.
Even when I don’t think I can do it, it turns out I can.
I’ve prepared myself for how I might be feeling at each point along the way. For a bit of fortune telling, here’s a preview of the race from inside my head, a snapshot of what I think the day might look like.
December 23, 2020
September 18, 2019
March 27, 2019
March 22, 2019