As good a day as any to run a marathon!
Today was OSL Group Board meeting day. Much like any other Board meeting for me. I drifted off in the first couple of minutes, dreamt I was running a marathon - and awoke 4 hours later to find I was! And that I hadn't missed much!!
Seriously - I was very proud to be running for OSL who have sponsored and followed me and Brathay so generously. Thank you Paul Lush, Philip Benjamin, Mathew Grey, David Grey. Loved seeing you on course.
Also thanks to 10in10 legends support from Jim, Diane and John. Providing me with exactly what I wanted energy wise where I wanted it. I know I'm very much in the zone when I'm running - but I love seeing you out on course.
I felt fine from the off and probably went too fast on the first half. Struggled on the third quarter but that's where you've got to put your shift in and I did even though it was tough.
I got an energy boost from Jim and Diane in the form of a Tango at the bottom of Ice Cream Mountain - note that! It's an example of what I've been wittering on about course management - take the drink when I would be walking up the hill in any case. Not as a "reward" at the top when it's flat again and you can start running.
From there I kept it ticking over whilst remembering to eat and drink for tomorrow - and finished with a very decent 4.33.
My left shin still concerns me - particularly with the added challenge of back to back Langdales on Friday and Saturday. My current pattern seems to be to trash it on Langdale, get some respite on Windermere, then trash it again. So I will have to be careful - but I now have some decent time in hand to cover the last 5 marathons.
Here are some stats:
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Yes - that's 655 miles done; 25 marathons in 25 days; over £35,000 raised. Wow!