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My Training for the Namib Desert Race
01 December 2021 11:50 am (GMT-12:00) International Date Line West
One thing I could definitely improve on for the next time is my training. In fact, I didn’t exactly even train for this race. I more or less just tacked it on to the tail end of my season, hoping my fitness would carry over after having run my goal 100 miler in august, along with the 50k tube up race I ran in September.
Ultimately, these races are more like a series of fairly fast marathon efforts than they are ultramarathons. There’s a reason that the race this series was modeled after is called Les Marathons Des Sables.
Rob who won the race said that he really focused on pace in his own training. Statistically, he knew he’d have to run an average pace of about 6 minutes per KM, in the sand, while wearing a pack, and so that’s exactly what he did in his training.
Most of my training on the other hand was at a slower pace and with much more elevation change, and all on much firmer terrain. So an obvious way for me to improve would be to get much more specific and targeted in training for a race like this.
Maybe I’ll get a chance to apply some of what I’ve learned at another Racing the Planet event in 2022.
Stay tuned for the documentary from the race! I hope to have it ready to publish first thing in the Near Year.
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