Your Name: Roz Glover
Home Town: Bristol
Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/rozglover
What is your running background?
Can I confess that I don’t really have a running background? I probably took up running as a mid-life crisis thing when I decided to run a marathon before I turned 40 that year (2012).
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
2014 because my naturally slow pace suits ultras better than it does half marathons.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
24 hour track events (UK and Barcelona); on Canal Races (GUCR, LLCR) or Centurion 100 milers.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
- Running 100 miles at a spartathlon ballot qualifying time (just – yes I’m the underdog of the team).
- Finishing Grand Union Canal Race and Liverpool to Leeds Canal race both in 2015 and 2016.
- Coming 2ndlady at Self Transcendence 24 hour track race in 2016
What was your hardest race experience?
Learning humility in 2017. I’d been injured and unable to run from April until July and then had pneumonia from August until December so the whole year was pretty much a write off with DNFs and poor performances at the events I did turn up to.
What events do you have planned for 2018 up to Spartathlon? (Dates/name of key events)
Originally I planned to do Crawley 24 hour track and then Centurion Grandslam 4 x 100 races in 2018 but since I’ve now been lucky enough to get on the Spartathlon entrant list, I will concentrate on getting ready for Spartathlon. I have a lot of work to do as I claw back my fitness having spent 2017 out from running due to injury/illness.
I may use some of the Centurion races as preparation for Spartathlon but it is unlikely I will do them all as I need to be 100% focused on getting myself ready for Sparta and have a lot of work to do to get start line ready.
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
This depends on how well trained up I am for the race. In the past I’ve often entered races that are too close together so arrive at start line ‘a little battered’ and stop running early and rely on my fast walk to get me to finish line in time. That won’t work for Spartathlon though and I know I will be focused on keeping running as long and as often as possible as I’ll be fighting the cut offs all along the course.
What does a typical training week look like?
At the moment I’m returning to running after a lot of down time in 2017 so my training is really just at the stage of returning to running consistently at moment.
From middle of May onwards, I’ll pick up mileage to around 60-90 miles a week mainly on roads.
Monday – rest or recovery 8 miles slow paced (with 4 miles with social running group in middle)
Tuesday – 8-10 miles with some speed work or hills
Wednesday – 8-10 mile (including club run if I can get childcare)
Thursday – 6 miles with shorter interval efforts
Friday – 10-15 gentle on undulating surface
Saturday – 7-13 miles to and from parkrun and parkrun itself
Sunday – long run eg 15-25 or race
I’ll also be doing plenty of strength and stability work to help my running. I may even venture into looking at that yoga malarkey as my flexibility could do with improving so that I can actually do up my own shoes.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Don’t stress if things don’t go to plan just keep moving in roughly the right direction and you’ll be fine.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
I have a dodgy looking replica of Paul Ali’s hat (not quite so well worn). It’s actually quite good to wear it in heavy rain.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
Absolutely all of it – I’m alternating between being feeling really excited and really out of my depth J. For the past 3 years I’ve been crossing my fingers with the ballot and can’t quite believe that my name’s on the entrants list for 2018.
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
The pressure that I’ll be under for the whole race with cut offs.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Lots of training miles on tarmac and lots of reading of blogs/race reports from previous participants and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a heatwave in UK over the summer.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?
I’ve not yet secured any crew so may do it without any.