It has been a few months since I got the amazing news that I was going to New Zealand to run the Tarawera Ultramarathon (TUM). Beyond being a world-class competition with athletes from all over the world the TUM itself will be my first ever ultramarathon and proper international competition.
It has been a few months since I got the amazing news that I was going to New Zealand to run the Tarawera Ultramarathon (TUM). Beyond being a world-class competition with athletes from all over the world the TUM itself will be my first ever ultramarathon and proper international competition. It is nerve wracking and with all the excitement things can become overwhelming at times. However, the whole process has been amazing.
I would like to share what I been up to =)
The obvious, not so obvious…Training!
The 63km course I will be running is pretty runnable, so I have included lots of speed training in my sessions. I have also been doing more trail training and longer runs, but not too long yet. Whether my training methods are good or not, we will find out after the race. I do want to say thank you to Compressport for the Ultra-Light Pro-racing Socks. It feels as if I am not wearing them when running. I also said byeee to blisters after I started wearing them for my runs. Amazing!
With a lot of training comes a lot more need for energy. Luckily Runivore has got my back on that!
It is always good to have a big plate of oats, soy milk (of course), bananas, and chia seeds before or after a good training session. Let’s not forget the Chia Bars during the training session or during the breaks at University. Actually they are good for any occasion.
Runivore has a 5km timed event once a month (if you haven’t heard about it, come and check it out). The next one will be on January 19th, and Hoka One One will be there and it’ll be a great chance to check out (and test)their latest gear! It is a free event and it’s a great chance to see how much you are improving each month.
Lastly I have been dreaming big and aiming high. I do have to keep things real but as my uncle says: “aim for the sun and you will at least land on the moon.” (I do know from a physics point of view it does not make sense but it is still inspiring).
The race is in less than a month now and any motivational words are always welcome. If you want to see how it all turns out share a Like (or two) on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/randallvargasb
Remember, more than yesterday but less than tomorrow.