Back in September 2015 I spent a few days in Jackson Hole with Eric on one of his run camps

I’d been hatching a Cool Impossible to run (solo) one of the long distance footpaths in the UK. I challenge not only of running ability but also navigation and logistical support.

The run camp provided a lot of support, knowledge and advice around what was needed to run “all day”, in particular around HRZs

At that time the CI was a long term aim, and I had no races or events planned

I clearly remember Eric saying – “Rich make sure you have a goal”. Waiting at the airport to fly home I wrote down a lot of what Eric had said, but I didn’t write down “make sure you have a goal”.

So this is what happened. Came back to the UK after the camp, re-did a mile test, set some new HRZ boundaries with Eric’s help, and ran to the zones that would support going “all day”. By spring 2016 I realised I was running faster by running slower – the whole fat burning thing was right (not that I doubted Eric). Around May 2016 I did a test ‘adventure’ run from seal level on the coast up to a town on the high moors – 20 odd miles, testing navigation, hydration, fuelling and running ability. All worked well, but I didn’t set any “goals” other than the long term CI aim I had – and that was the problem I had it pinned as “long term” “one day” “may be”, and then my running started to drift

Autumn came around, my youngest moved up to senior school (my other two were already there) my eldest started a critical exam year at school, in October 2016 we decided to move house, we moved in December 2016. Spent early part of 2017 settling into new house, my eldest kids exams came and went, and all the time the running just drifted.

The long term CI goal, seemed even further away and I was only running about once a week (previously I’d run at least 3 times a week)

I dug out my note book from when I’d first planned my long term CI back in 2015 – something jumped out at me from the page – “for build up do an organised race”

I could hear Eric’s voice in my head “Rich make sure you have a goal”

I’ve been on the case, I have two possible races lined up for 2018 – just waiting on confirmation of dates from the organisers to make sure it all fits – but even if they don’t work out there will be an off-road race of at least 50k for me in 2018. These and no doubt others will be my stepping stone to my CI to run a long distance footpath – solo.

This Sunday’s run was awesome as a result – took off out the door full of ideas for race training – and aced the heart zones on the run – best feel run I’ve had in ages


Folks – have a goal – stay on track!

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Comment by Rich Warne on October 30, 2018 at 7:37am

50km done - so pleased - what else can I say? Proved I can run for 7 hours at a reasonable pace off road (circa 4.5 MPH) 

It's an "ultra" distance, I did it all myself, planned, trained, navigated, carried food, water and safety kit.

Next question - what's next? 

Something in the #runtoexplore field 

Comment by Rich Warne on October 29, 2018 at 2:57am

My 50km this weekend was my first ultra distance run, a self planned, self supported, solo run to southern edges of Dartmoor and back (have posted some photos on here)

Will write up some more this week, for now here is the fly-by...

Comment by Rich Warne on October 29, 2018 at 2:55am

Completed my 2018 #run1000 miles with a solo 50km this weekend

I started the 1000 mile challenge on Jan 1st, I've run 129 times - for 177 hours and 27 minutes - covering 1014 miles at an average heart rate of 139 BPM

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Comment by Rich Warne on October 22, 2018 at 5:24am

I ran 24 miles at the weekend - just got up on Saturday morning - filled some water bottles, grabbed some gels, strapped on my running back and went out the door. 4 Hours 45 minutes and 24 and a bit miles later I was back home. Next weekend it's 31 miles (50k)

The thing that gets me the most is I didn't intend to run 24 miles - I was just going to do a typical weekend long run - but everything felt right and I wanted to "test" run next weekends 50k, so I just went for it. And it felt good! Really good - in fact exactly where I wanted to be. Back in 2015 when I went West to see Eric, my goal was to 'run all day'. I didn't want a detailed training plan - I hate detailed training plans - nothing worse than waking up and thinking I have to do x miles at y pace today. I've done 2 London Marathons following 'standard' training plans - and whilst I loved the actual Marathons I hated the training. Eric explained the logic behind Zone 2 and Zone 3 (for hills) pacing for 'run all day'. So as part of my #run1000miles and do my 1st 50k challenge for this year I put together a VERY lose plan - 3 runs a week - made up of 2 mid-weekers circa 5 to 8 miles each and a long weekend run of anything between 10 and 20ish miles - nothing written down, each run sticking to the Zone 2 and Zone 3 (for hills) pacing ethos. And it's working, boy oh boy is it working. I've never felt so bullet proof in my running and the distances don't phase me - it's like 'where can I go today?'

The #run1000miles stands at 983 miles in under 10 months - skipping the mid-week runs this week as the kids are off school - and the solo moorland 50k will be either Saturday or Sunday depending on how I feel and what the weather looks like!

Will report back this time next week :-)

Comment by Rich Warne on October 9, 2018 at 9:15am

50k round trip 

100k is goal for next year :-)

Comment by Eric Orton on October 9, 2018 at 9:07am

Excellent Rich. Almost there. Should be an epic one to Dartmoor. Is that 50K total round trip or 50K both ways for a 100K?

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