As good a day as any to run a marathon!
It was lovely to see Christopher and Penny Jewitt not only at the start but also all round the course and on both laps. Fabulous support thank you - in every way.
I like to run without a rain/wind top on - but did believe I'd have to stop and put one on today as it was not only wet but cold as well. I didn't - and after the first huge climb to Blea Tarn picked up a nice warming pace.
I knew Matt Dunn and Sally Ford were waiting for me at Skelwith Bridge (about 7 miles in) and were going to run a lap with me. So I had to be warmed up! Sally and Matt are two of the finest marathon and ultra runners in the country - a good deal faster than me.
And sure enough we pressed on - slow for them, quick for me. I completed my fastest first lap and with Matt & Sally with me until mile 20 I thought it would be quick overall. I eased off over the final 6 miles but still finished in 4.42. A Challenge 30 Langdale record - on day18. Insane!
I couldn't do that every day, and I'm physically tired now. But it's great to have done it. I'll ease off tomorrow.
Ankle is still in steady state of bruising, swollenness, and soreness. By and large I've got both fed up with it and used to it. It will either let me run or force me to walk. 8 consecutive marathons on it is, I accept, probably not what the doctor would have ordered! But it does make you wonder .....
Once again many thanks from everyone who is following me on this blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, and increasingly on the road - it's fantastic and hugely motivational.
I need to sleep now ..... zzzzzzzz
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