How to run 140 miles in a week without giving it a second thought

//Words by Natasha Fanshawe// 

I’m a pretty lazy person and you might not believe me but it’s the reason I run ultra-marathons – I get all the hard work over in a few days and chill for the rest of the month, eating, drinking and generally filling up and, well, tapering for the next one.

The first week in October though turned out to be a bit mad even for me. A bit of good planning along with a bout of forgetfulness saw me embarking on a week of walking and running 140 miles, a distance I hadn’t added up in total until it was too late and I was committed to every last step.

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A few weeks prior, I’d been talking to my friend Karina about a skirt I’d seen her wearing in photos. It looked awesome so at a social running event I quizzed her on it. I had no idea it had been designed by her and was a product she was the proud owner of. I was proud just to know her. The skirt looks amazing on, really flattering, has a few ways you can wear it and, most importantly, it has pockets. Not just a couple, but seven, two of which have zips. I was hooked and the next thing I knew the postman was knocking on the door with a surprise, an Enso Sport Skirt.

The first race I ran after that, 20 miles across Dartmoor saw the weather so hideous, there was no way I was going to be wearing just a skirt. I ended up that day in long tights, waterproof trousers and 3 layers on top. It was a stunning day, but not one to be showing off the legs.

 So, the next race, Clarendon half in Wiltshire. I haven’t shown that much leg on a race… ever I think. But it was time, and I felt great. It was a muddy course and the shower’s never had to work so hard but it was worth it. My time was a fairly standard slow shuffle but I felt like I was flying.

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And again a few days later, at the Atlantic Coast Challenge in Cornwall. A marathon distance, I was worried about it getting cold and about chafing. The mandatory equipment ensured I was taking long tights just in case, and I had no need to worry at all about the chafing – nothing at all.

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At the end of the day, we ran down the dune to the beach to cool off the tired leg muscles, and my Enso Sport Skirt was the best way of getting the legs in the sea without getting any clothes wet.

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And the sunset was epic.

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I can’t wait to get the skirt on again when I meet up with Karina for a 250km race in Argentina later this month.

 

Natasha Fanshawe,

An ultra-running enthusiast and adventurer. When Tash is not eating and exploring the world and her limits, she works as a declutterer.

Find out more about her here: www.lightstylespace.co.uk

 


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