Its now six weeks since I returned home from the MYAU and it has been an interesting time! I was amazed that so many people wanted to hear about my MYUA adventure and success and I have now added some links to the MYAU page of this site, of some of the podcast interviews that I did following my return home. I have also added links to a few video clips that I made while out on the trail – I had completely forgotten about these until several weeks after I got home – I think I probably made them at times when I wanted to distract myself and telling the camera all about it was one way of doing this!
It took me a while to get back to running, though having the dog at home while Mike was away meant I did at least start going out walking a couple of times a day! I had started a new job just before heading to the MYAU and so getting up to speed and settling in to that has taken a lot of energy. I’m now back enjoying walking and running locally and gradually building the running up in terms of distance. It’s a great time to be out and about here in Derbyshire – Spring is definitely here and the wild garlic is in full growth mode along with the first of the bluebells, cowslips and primroses. In addition, the leaves on the trees are starting to burst open and the birds and wildlife are busy getting ready for the season ahead, making for lovely times out on the trails.
Marianne Heading discovered winter endurance racing in 2007, while working as a volunteer for the Yukon Arctic Ultra. This experience inspired her to take up running and go back to the Yukon as a competitor. Since 2007 she has been back to the YAU multiple times, completing both the 100 and 300mile races, in 2011 she became the first European female to complete the 300mile YAU and in 2019 won the 300mile MYUA. Events are not a very regular feature, but other races include the Semi-Raid Reunion, Roveaneimi150, ITI350, Karwendelmarsch and closer to home the Four Inns, the Druids Challenge, Equinox24, run to the castle, Hardmoors55. Being outdoors and enjoying the countryside and wildlife are a higher priority than being fast... luckily! Training runs and walks are often prolonged by a break to watch wildlife and take in the surroundings!