Well the sun was shining and the air tuned blue in physio this am, as Josh who normally looks after me was ill, so I got Adam the head of the clinic…. And boy oh boy didn’t I know it. The aim of physio on the morning is to flush out any dead legs and stuff from the day before, I can only say it was a bit like Heineken beer and he certainly touched legs muscles I didn’t know existed… a few expletives later and we were on our way.
With the sun out, I planned to take it easy as we keep getting told, we’ve a long way to go. However the signs were great Percy, Pricilla and Paul the pigs were out and gave us all a merry wave.
I would say the blisters and black toes I am starting to gain, did hurt at 1st, but you kind of “grow” into them, however at for the 1st 9 miles I was fighting my head, thinking how can I do this for 7 more days. It really is groundhog day and I do feel like a hamster on a wheel, I’ve stepped on and can’t step off… I made it to the bottom of the lake and hit mile 14, feeling ok, for the next 4 miles it is rolling hills up! I got through them and started to feel strong…. But running as I felt comfortable with.
I made it through Bowness at 20 miles and from then on other than the mighty Brathay drive and Ice-cream Mountain the course really is much flatter. At 21,5 miles, I came up Ice-cream mountain and saw David, Alice and the dogs, tears flowed, loads of hugs and Bobby the dog went mental barking like crazy as he normally runs with me. What can I say it spurred me on and I finished the last 5 miles very strong and did something I didn’t feel was possible, a negative split and a sub 4 hours’ time ( PB ) 3.59.05 which smashed all my expectations.
The 8 min ice bath in the torture chamber was the most painful thing I thought I’d experienced, then I was back on the table to be beaten by Adam and the students to make sure I get my back-side out on the course again and do it all again tomorrow.
Thank you all for your support, the family and friends on the course were fab, but even more amazing is the strangers who give you a shout out, just as you think you are having a blue moment you get another lift…. This hamster is not ready to get of the wheel yet… day 4 let us be having you!