As good a day as any to run a marathon!
Today was tough tough tough. Largely because there was no air which made it hard going. But it could have been worse as the sun threatened to break through around half way - but put his hat back on fortunately!
Many apologies to Stewart Taylor who was waiting to join me at the end of the first lap and started to run with me just when the going was toughest. I wasn't any kind of company at all as I had to focus everything I had just to keep going. And so many thanks for realising that I just needed my own concentration and world.
I hope I redeemed myself somewhat at the end! It's just how I am and how I do these things - the tougher it gets the more I need to shut everything else out.
I still managed a 4.50 which is a great time under any circumstances on Langdale - it was just a harder 4.50 than most others. It might sound odd but the time is not always an indicator of effort and difficulty. Many moons ago everyone was telling me to ease off - but I wasn't pushing, certainly not every time. If you're feeling good the good times are easier than the slower ones.
So - 4 to go! But in fact the hardest group of 4 because I'm attempting back to back Langdales on Friday and Saturday (to allow me to finish at Brathay on Sunday). A double Langdale anyone?? After 27in27??
Quite a few people have been comparing my effort to various similar claims. Mostly these are not comparable - a lot of A to B runners divide the distance by 26.2 and say it's so many marathons in so many days. In the vast majority of cases it isn't done like this. Many have short days, days off, longer days, alter starting points etc - and most do not post any kind of daily time. This is not to diminish these great A to B efforts - I know some of the people who've done them and they are fantastic people achieving amazing feats.
They're just different - mine is a guaranteed marathon every day, on an official measured course with a time posted.
No photo today but I think you will like this. It is a wonderful painting of Blea Tarn high up on the Langdale course by Peter Hill. It somehow captures the spirit and atmosphere of the Langdales perfectly. And I hope I shall have it hanging on my wall next month as long as you haven't sold it yet Peter?! Peter has been a great supporter of Challenge 30 - see sponsors section - with galleries in Sheffield and Ambleside.
Here are some stats:
|Cumulative Time||Distance Countdown|
You may notice that the last 10 have all been under 5 hours. The average is 4.41. That would actually be a very respectable 10in10. For me it is 17 to 26!