I’ve raced the Lighthorse Extremely the final 4 years , it has a particular place in my coronary heart after my first ever DNF in 2019 (albeit I’m undecided that’s true as its a timed occasion , so simply crossing the beginning line you get a finishers distance ? Anyhow it felt like a DNF to me after 33k and three hours ?) I used to be completely unprepared for the format, my first time at a timed race, and the midnight begin, and blew up in spectacular trend. https://www.runbkrun.com/2019/06/01/what-you-learn-from-a-dnf/
redeemed myself in 2020 working a 3rd place https://www.runbkrun.com/2020/09/19/24-hour-redemption-ultra/
Within the midst of COVID I positioned third once more in 2021. https://www.runbkrun.com/2021/05/08/lighthorse-24-ultra-lest-we-forget/
In 2022 I received the occasion : https://www.runbkrun.com/2022/04/30/lighthorse-ultra-24-hours-2022/ (Phil Gore ran the 12 hour)
Coming into the occasion this yr I had Run Britannia ( https://www.ratrace.com/run-britannia ) behind my thoughts, so was going to make use of this as a final confidence builder earlier than a 3 to 4 week taper concentrating on attending to the beginning line in June recent slightly than over educated. That being stated I had Rob Donkersloot pacing me and he’s a tough job grasp, in addition to an excellent crew. I knew Rob would preserve me and my chair separate from one another for many of the occasion and I would like this in any other case I’ve been know to slink away for an hour or two , tucked up in my chair in a pleasant heat sleeping bag. Rob helped me break 200 kilometres in 2022 once I had got here shut the 2 earlier years however sacrificed the gap for ‘chair time’. Rob is a coach who concentrates on meditation and the thoughts in addition to common teaching. I extremely suggest his companies.. ( https://mindfocusedrunning.com/ )
This occasion is heaped in remembrance to those that have served and who’re serving. There’s an Anzac final publish earlier than the occasion which focuses the thoughts on the sacrifice of those that gave their lives within the many conflicts over time. This run is about honouring them and if you’re deep within the ache cave fascinated about these courageous souls offers consolation and encourages you to hold on, understanding what you’re feeling is nothing in comparison with what they felt and what they gave so we will run this, and all, occasions within the great, fortunate, nation we stay in.
Submit final publish it was time to line up for Lighthorse Extremely quantity 5, and my fourth 24 hour run. Circumstances had been excellent and I used to be surrounded by associates at the beginning, trying forward I might see the run all the way down to the bridge earlier than the small rise (which will get larger each lap funnily sufficient) , déjà vu I suppose. I reminded myself how I’ve retired from this occasion yearly however at all times appear to search out myself at the beginning line the next yr. Runners aren’t the brightest folks on this planet, I’ve stated that a couple of instances.
I had educated effectively, publish Herdys, in early March and had put collectively a great block of 4 weeks, I used to be ‘peaking’ on the proper time and went into the occasion assured of a great whole. Though this was merely the final long term earlier than Run Britannia in June I additionally wished to make use of it as a confidence booster initially and second to see how’d I’d get well. I used to be paying particular consideration to any niggles and in addition the situation of my toes and toes throughout and publish occasion. After a number of zoom calls with the Rat Race crew who run the Run Britannia occasion it appears accidents had been the main cause for DNF’s from the take a look at pilots, the day by day distance was deemed achievable.
Saturday afternoon went easily sufficient, I felt higher than final yr and was working within the low 5min/km vary, even throwing in a couple of sub 5min/km’s albeit when this occurred I made a aware effort to gradual, I used to be working for twenty-four hours. Simply earlier than the sundown I used to be in all probability prime 5 and forward of final years distance, perhaps a PB was on the playing cards, the situations actually had been excellent and rather a lot higher than 2022. I put this to the again of my thoughts and reached for my Audible app on the iphone and began a brand new guide, this might preserve me going by way of the evening when social interactions drop. I had a brand new Anthony Horowitz guide, Moonflower Murders, all 18 hours of it, an ideal size for a 24 hour race. Because it was it saved me all night however as soon as the solar rose I wanted the kick from a couple of hours of Taylor Swift. (Don’t decide me!) and my Lighthouse Spotify playlist, largely songs from the seventies and early eighties, my golden years.
We modify course each three hours and I’d use this as a reminder to alter my tops, after which each six hours a whole costume change. I’d additionally goal a small relaxation at these turnarounds to both eat or seize a couple of minutes within the chair to use fisiocrem ( https://www.fisiocrem.com.au/ ) or some therapeutic massage gun high quality time. Rob was there to ensure I didn’t hold forth too lengthy after all.
With the 3pm begin the sundown comes fast and earlier than you already know it you might be away in your individual little world cocooned in your little gentle sphere forward of you out of your head torch. This might be true for many runners however not for me as I used to be sporting my new Silva Exceed 4XT, ( https://www.tribeandtrail.com.au/running-gear/silva-headlamp-range-400-600-2000-lumens/ ) The one draw back to the Exceed 4XT is the battery is so massive I needed to put on a small backpack to accommodate it, it’s too heavy to put on in your shorts or in your head. The up aspect is 10 hours of full 2,000 lumens gentle, principally turning evening into day. I misplaced depend of the variety of feedback in regards to the brightness of my headtorch, it’s a sport changer and though costly I imagine value each cent as you not often journey over attributable to dangerous lighting, a bug bear of mine whereas evening working.
Audible saved me entertained and because the numbers thinned out publish midnight I used to be fortunately lapping in good instances and feeling relaxed. The temperature was excellent, not chilly sufficient to be uncomfortable however not heat sufficient to over warmth you. I saved on shorts the entire evening and solely added a jacket within the early hours , simply earlier than sundown.
Vitamin smart I by no means actually have a plan and simply eat what I’ve or what’s obtainable. I had my go to meals, tinned rice pudding and weetbix, however no major meal as such. I managed to steal a chunk of vegetarian (?) pizza from Rob round midnight and this saved me going , paired with the odd gu once I remembered. I used to be additionally utilizing Bix Endurance Gasoline which has 200 energy. ( https://www.bixvitamins.com/ ) That is at present in ‘testing mode’ as the traditional Bix tablets are extra about changing electrolytes, and so they try this very effectively, and in addition restoration. I used to be hydrated as I’d fil a 500ml bottle just about each lap, effectively Rob would fill the bottle for me. The one help station within the occasion village was additionally my go-to for orange and pineapple slices, flat coke and ‘BK Showers‘ when the temperature rose late afternoon Sundays. If there’s one factor I can enhance for this occasion it’s diet, I’m too use to 200 miler help stations and crew who magically summon up gourmand meals on demand.
Rob knowledgeable me I used to be forward of final years time within the early morning however my outdated pal fatigue had come calling and my lap instances began to extend, with extra time spent across the gazebo doing ‘stuff’, no matter which will have been, albeit not sufficient time to draw Rob’s consideration as he snoozed. It’s a skinny line if you cease with Rob crewing, you want a great excuse in any other case you might be met with a disproving glare as you stumble across the gazebo. I used to be comfortably in second place apparently with Michael Hooker approach forward. At this stage I used to be assured I might maintain a podium place understanding, with expertise, I’d be near 200 kilometers if I saved transferring ahead, this took away a little bit of strain as this was my main purpose for the occasion. I used to be being chased by two ‘younger weapons’ , Simon Poli and Tom Radonic. Each these guys had been able to working 200km so I knew I’d must run the total 24 hour to maintain my place, nice, at all times good so as to add extra strain when working for twenty-four hours.
Dawn got here alongside fairly shortly , surprisingly, I’d modified to music after dropping curiosity within the audible guide and was pumped with some nice tunes. As quickly because the solar rises your lap instances enhance, it’s a mixture of the solar and in addition you can begin to see the end particularly when the six and three hour runners take part at 6am. Swiftly the trail is awash with runners and the vitality of the occasion is turned up a notch or two. The occasion village is then a hub of exercise as you’ve supporters from all 4 codecs (24, 12, 6 and three hour choices) cheering you on, it makes an enormous distinction. Additionally it is inspiring seeing so many runners taking up their demons for the trigger and doing their bit to recollect the Anzacs.
Sunday late afternoon and I used to be beginning to fade, my lap instances elevated and I discovered an increasing number of excuses to hold forth within the gazebo. I had been lapped a couple of instances by Tom however was certain I had sufficient within the tank to carry him off, effectively fairly certain. I knew Simon had deliberate to get to round 170km after which something publish that was a bonus, he wouldn’t be getting 200km so my podium place was secure. With this in thoughts I allowed myself to drop the tempo however each time I did Tom would scurry previous at an amazing fee of knots, trying far too recent for my liking.
In addition to breaking the 200 km for the occasion I additionally had the purpose of a PB, which sat at 207km from final yr. Early on I used to be effectively on the right track however I used to be slipping and this purpose was turning into an increasing number of of a problem every passing hour. On the final flip round , leaving three hours, I knew it will be shut, very shut. I soldered on, by no means strolling on the course , and inspiring all of the die arduous runners left stumbling ahead in the direction of the end time. Within the final three hours of a 24 hour race you might be all deep within the ache cave, testing your self and asking severe questions and that’s the purpose.
I reached the 200 km mark and received the compulsory photograph with Rob and some press ups, it’s now a practice apparently. I’m wondering if I’ll get there subsequent yr ? I can’t imagine I’m even fascinated about subsequent yr so quickly after this yr ? Runners, we’re a humorous bunch. Rob encourages me to hold on however I knew then I used to be in all probability not attending to get a PB and fact be advised I used to be pleased with that. The occasion was an enormous success, I had managed to carry on to second place, simply, as Tom had received to 200km and determined to tug the pin. I did handle one other two laps and received to lap 82, the identical lap as final yr, however couldn’t fairly get the gap I wanted for a PB, quick by about 400 metres. I believe the bench selfie actually did price me a pb ?
So one other nice occasion by Extremely Collection WA ( https://ultraserieswa.com.au/ ) and particular due to the Race Administrators, Scott, Concord and Karin, and the superb volunteers, what an amazing job by all. All that was left to do was to obtain my trophy with Tom and Michael, a humbling expertise with these two guys , each destined for a lot extra of their working careers as I transfer in the direction of the top of mine, albeit kicking and screaming !It was particular watching Michael go about his enterprise hitting his huge goal with extra blue sky forward and in addition perhaps a ‘coming of age’ for Tom who , like Michael, has an amazing profession forward of him. On the flip aspect I’m loving my working in the mean time and this occasion ticked all of the containers pre Run Britannia. I received the gap I used to be after, publish 200km, however extra importantly loved the method and got here away niggle free. I’ve ran a couple of instances for the reason that occasion and the legs really feel nice, the knee ‘niggle’ is gone , after 7 months, and my hamstrings are ‘working’, profitable.
So in 4 weeks at the moment I’ll be lining up at the beginning of my largest journey but, the 1,000 mile Run Britannia ( https://www.ratrace.com/run-britannia ) occasion within the UK. Thirty one days of working over a thirty 5 day occasion, averaging round 50km a day. Am I prepared ? Who actually is aware of for an occasion this massive, all you are able to do is get as cardio match with out the danger of damage, I really feel its higher to run up recent as you’ll definitely acquire health over the period of the occasion.
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