As good a day as any to run a marathon!
I knew after a few miles today would be difficult - not injury difficult, but energy difficult.
I was sweating litres as well which didn't help.
And of course the problem stemmed from yesterday. The Great Langdale was such an occasion that I went far too long after I finished without eating. I drank - but I didn't eat.
I remember being told by leading sports nutritionists that you have to eat within half an hour or so of finishing whether you feel like it or not. And if you miss this window then it's almost impossible to get it right for the next day.
And so it proved.
I was extremely lucky to have both Sue Clark and Karen Edmonds on course with their partners. They supplied me with 2 lots of fizzy drinks and walked with me and encouraged me whilst I drank them. Somehow I managed to put in a decent stretch up the difficult 3rd quarter - helped here by Broni, Mick and Adelka again.
And after consuming every piece of energy I had plus all the drink I had - I managed the final quarter by walking to re-fuel every 15 minutes. Such desperately hard work, but buoyed again by Sam & Peter Tucker cheering me on - I salvaged a 4.43.
Basically I bonked - which in the world of sport is not a good thing!
And the evidence - significant weight loss at this evening's weigh-in. I have of course been working hard to rectify this with all kinds of protein drinks, carb drinks, cake, great carbonara made for me for tea etc etc. I feel bloated now!
At any other time in my life a day of bonking and bloating would have been cause for celebration (it never happened!) - but in the midst of my athletic endeavour it's been awful. Mind you - good job it didn't happen on Langdale!!
No new pictures today so I thought it would be lovely to see Mrs Challenge 30 again
Thank you Sue, Karen, Broni, the Tuckers - you saved my day today along with your partners and families. I'm sorry I wasn't great company - it's quite stressful digging so deep!
Here are some stats
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