I was chatting to you back in February about living in winter in Ireland and dealing with acclimatisation for my 100km event to be held in a hot environment. I flew to Dubai a few days ago and did a 60k ultra out in the mountains & desert in the middle of the UAE, I thought it would help with the running in the heat and the acclimatisation. And after layering up in the gym as you advised this past month, I think it really helped cause I found the run easy (as easy as a 60k can be !!). So just wanted to say thanks a million!
Thank you so much, Hanny. I am honestly feeling great after our consultation. It was pleasantly surprising the direction our session together took and I walked away invigorated. 'Disney Dreaming' is now underway...
Just thought I would sent you a quick note to let you know I have been trying the approach we discussed and it’s working very well! The big test is a few long runs, 5hrs or so, in very hot and humid conditions. No gastric issues at all and able to keep the calories going in as planned. Anyway just wanted to provide some feedback to say I’m very appreciative. This has made a huge difference to my running. Seems like a small change but has made all the difference. Thanks for all the help.
I just wanted to thank you. I am so empowered by our conversation and my new understanding, beliefs and boundaries around my training. I go into every session excited.
I wanted to thank you for your wisdom and advice in helping me prepare to run my first Ultra. When you asked me what sort of time I imagined I might run Bruny I said I would like to get under 6 hrs but had nothing substantial to really base that on. I was caught between the sensible caution of wanting to finish and enjoy the event and a completely arbitrary number.
Prior to the event I got lots of advice from the lovely people but it was your training guide and individual consult that gave me a terrific base of grounded information to work from. I could never train to the level I would have liked but I retained enough of the flavour of your wave concept to adapt the ideas to what I could fit in with my life and it worked really well. The hydration and nutrition advice was revelatory and made a huge difference. It has now triggered a bunch of “what if” reflections. What if I had known what I know now when I ran the 2000 Melbourne Marathon and missed my goal by 5 minutes and swore I’d never do anything like it again?! Bruny might be half as long again but the experience could not have been more different.
In the end I had a very simple race plan. I found my “road pace” and stuck to that up to the Marathon mark and realised I had plenty of time to make sub 6hr from there so I slowed as I needed to on the hills later on the course and just had a damn good time enjoying the inspiring and encouraging company en route and the views. In your guidebook there is a description of blood sugar and the three types of runners - I was the one smiling and chatting with everyone. Sure I was tired but my brain was working and I was happy. I smashed the last 3 k once I saw the lighthouse and couldn’t believe I still had energy to burn. Funnily enough I struggled to walk back down but who cares?!
So 5hrs-37mins and my first Ultra is in the bag. Awesome event and a great day out! Thank you for your crucial influence on that!
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