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Blog: How to run 100 miles…can I do it?

October 20, 2016
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Kim Ingleby has been asked to run the Himalayan 100 for 3 years. She has never accepted the challenge….until now.

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It was a combination of fear and being completely overwhelmed by the whole challenge, plus the training commitment and a few complex medical conditions (see my TEDx Talk – https://youtu.be/E2p86KJU8hw) that led me to ‘sensibly’ answer no.

However this year, I started gradually training for the Transylvanian Marathon in Romania blog.kimingleby.co.uk , a crazy but amazing event which I can highly recommend. Finding myself completing the marathon, (which ended up being 31 miles) a tiny thought came into my head – Maybe I could do the Himalayan 100! This was early June. From then, in my rest period I did a lot of strength and stability work, heading towards a stage competition in early July. I like the balance and variety, and find the strength work really helps my endurance and reduces the risk of injury.

Once the stage show was done, randomly my partner’s car was stolen and burned out so he needed a car for the next couple of months. This led me, by default to starting to walk everywhere, and over the next couple of weeks I found myself sketching out a little plan towards the Himalayan 100. This included a couple of trail half marathons with Maverick Races (brilliant, friendly event’s), the Purbeck Coastal Marathon and a weekend double half marathon!

I committed to each week’s walking and running, but honestly never intended or thought I would actually make the plan happen to the point that I am writing this…

Yet, through careful management of my wellbeing, lots of sleep and good foods, stretching and stability, my walking and running miles gradually totted up from 40 per week to an average of 70-85 with my peak weak of 95 miles!

As you read this, you may be thinking, how on earth did I have the time to make this happen? I don’t know….! But how it did, by walking my dog, walking to train stations, walking to sports massage appointments, walking to clients. Using my app and planning my day around walking to places instead of using a car or bus, it’s actually amazing how many miles you can incorporate in your week.

You do have to plan everything though. I had to carry a rucksack that’s pretty heavy and I found myself requiring a lot more food, to the point of eating to fuel rather than just enjoyment. I was religious with  5 Tibetan yoga moves daily, hydration, sleep and foam rolling in the evenings. Kind of ‘boring’ but whilst I felt okay, I did know that the miles I was covering were pretty high.

So that lead me to my triple, the Purbeck Marathon completed a 93 mile week, I followed up with a a 60 mile week, and then finished my training with a double half marathon, 39 mile weekend and 86 mile total for the week. Crazy (but this did give me my Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge Award!) I was tired that’s for sure, and began pondering the Himalayas – should I go or should I stay?

With nearly 800 miles in my feet since the end of July and all looking good,  my taper didn’t quite go to plan. I was walking with my rucksack (of course!) round a corner and a cyclist rode into me, knocking me out. I spent 10 hours in traction. Concussion, whiplash and stitches in my elbow however, insured that I had a decent rest for the last ten days. So as I write this I’m waiting for the stitches to come out, and things to be checked out, before I decide if I’m brave and ready enough to travel on Friday and complete this amazing, rollercoaster of a journey in the Himalayas next week, or pause, and complete the miles here.

Whatever happens, I have learned a huge amount from this training, both mentally and physically. My DNAFit profile suggests I am more suited to strength training, and I have found a love for this. Yet my knowledge as a trainer has helped me to adapt my training, nutrition, supplements and recovery to get to the point that it may be possible.

I have all the Mind Ninja training skills and this is the last thing left to prepare (aside from packing up the 3 pairs of trainers in different sizes due to feet swelling, giving my super rescue dog the reassurance and hugs I’ll be back and packing my brave pants!).

So if I complete the 100 miles in the Himalayas or in the United Kingdom, I’m not sure I will be able to believe it. It’s been a crazy journey of trust, fear, hope, strength, courage and commitment. I know it’s given me even more skills and knowledge to help anyone, achieve any ‘crazy’ dream or goal they have and it’s given me the courage to believe that whilst everything is not always possible… something always is!

My aim is to raise money for 5 small charities close to my heart, who have given me so much. You can find out more by clicking the link below and support if you would like (big gratitude if you do). You can follow me next week Mon – Friday if I have reception in the Himalayas or Weds to Sunday in the UK doing my 100 miles…uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kimingleby

Then check back in the week 7th November for my post race report and tips for recovery and winter strength.

Until then, be brave, bold, listen to your body, adapt when you need, celebrate every tiny achievement, enjoy and appreciate every step you take…. For I know, you are awesome and I would love to know what you are up to. Whatever your goal, tiny or big, do share, I love to know and you will inspire me to keep going! Big, big support, Kim.

Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: all @kimingleby

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