2021 Goals Q3 Progress Update

Progress Update Mar 31, 2021

I'm 1 month into my sabbatical and have been enjoying the time it's given me to both focus on running and spend more time with my daughter (she's just turned 1 so it's a joy to see her picking new things up; yesterday she started pointing, and now points to things and make a little sound, heart melting!)

On the running front in March I hit my first 300k month, including a 50 mile week that definitely pushed beyond my normal capacity.

As for my current goals:

Running the Cotswold Way

My sabbatical challenge is to run the whole of the Cotswold Way over a series of 14 segments, taking on roughly 2 a week starting in Bath, until I reach the end in Chipping Campden.

So far I've covered 39 miles of the 102 the way covers, so only 63 left to go 😅

At the current rate I should be finished the first week of May 🤞

Monthly Marathons 2021

One goal for the year is to run a marathon every month of the year; on whatever route I fancy.

So far it's been going well:

For April I'm planning to do the Gordano Round, a trail marathon that's been on my radar for a while that should prove challenging

Green Man Summer Ultra

Now that lockdown is easing up I can start signing up for running events again and I couldn't be happier to have something to aim towards.

For reference I've only ever done 1 organised event before, a 10k around Ashton Court just before Covid hit. Everything else has just been solo routes, with 1 virtual run for the Bristol 10k.

In order to really push myself I've opted for the Summer Green Man Ultra; a 45 mile loop around Bristol along the Community Forest Path with a 12 hour cut off. Having done 31 miles before I know I'm on the right track, however I also know that last 14 miles will be hellish, so on to the training I go!

The Summer Green Man Ultra - The Green Man Ultra
The Green Man Ultra follows the same route as the “Green Man Challenge” and consists of a 45 mile course following the Community Forest Path around Bristol.

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Luke Merrett

Ex smoker and couch potato turned manic trail runner, wannabe ultra runner & proud Dad

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