As good a day as any to run a marathon!
Here I am at the start
And from the off I felt good today, running how I felt without looking at my watch for the first 2 hours and then being pleasantly surprised.
The difference was simply that it was so much cooler with a little breeze. Relatively little energy loss from sweating to keep the machine cooled!
It was a surprise therefore to find myself on the floor at around mile 15! The edges of many of the roads suffer from water damage and basically my left foot slipped off the edge and I went with it. Like many falls my hands bit the tarmac first and hard with some tasty gravel rash. However, as many have helpfully pointed out on Facebook, I don't need my hands for this so forget about them!
The next strike point was unfortunately my right knee. My leggings were ripped and what lay underneath was red. So I adopted the usual policy - which is not to look, jump up, start moving again asap before any injury can take hold or swell.
I stormed the next few miles, shot through with adrenalin and annoyance. Then thought I'd better back off otherwise I'd get into more trouble with those who think I'm running too fast if I came in sub 4.20 (which I was on for at 20 miles)!
And I had some nice walks and jogs from Bowness onwards to finish in 4.33 - again. But an easier one this time despite the drama.
Today I was running for all Brathay Staff - who have been wonderful to me, and of course do a simply amazing job for their clients and young people.
My right knee is a bit bruised and sore - so add that to the mix of bits being held together by various bindings. I simply don't know what tomorrow will bring and whether I'll be able to run on it. If I can the result should be a slightly slower Langdale. If I can't it will be a longer Langdale - which doesn't matter now.
Whatever, I will as always do my very best on the day. I have sought to do this each and every day - give it my best, in the knowledge that I have to go again the next day. I promised Challenge 30 would be a serious attempt to run 30 marathons in 30 days, rather than just get round. This has made it hugely mentally challenging as I have dug deep on many days. Those of you who have watched me will know this.
Thank you as always for supporting me - and WOW - over £36k now!!
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