As good a day as any to run a marathon!
Of course I didn't know what to expect this morning after what Mr Edwards described as my senior moment yesterday.
Yet again I set off up "Rocket Rod's Pass", the fearsome 30% long first climb. And things felt okay.
It was still cool at this stage so I let myself run freely all along the Little Langdale valley, trying to build in time for later on.
I didn't look at my watch for the first 2 hours and was surprised to find myself with time in hand at my usual 2 hour point, but it was beginning to get hot. At the end of lap 1 I was joined by Ashley Carson. We're used to running together and he was great - frankly he kept my pace going when I would have taken walk breaks.
Ashley has never run a marathon - but I described him as the 1 lap magician on Twitter - a half is easily within his range and works perfectly for me on Langdale. We'd built a lot of time in hand before the hard work of climbing climbing climbing up to the Youth Hostel at High Close so we were able to ease off and walk some of it.
By the time we reached the valley it was getting stiflingly hot so a cold drink stop from the Chapel Stile Coop was in order. We persisted down the rest of the valley to finish in 4.48 - excellent time.
Everything hurts a little bit more after today and I fear for tomorrow for 2 reasons:
- my shins and everything else have to stand another punishing Langdale tomorrow
- if the weather is as hot as today but for longer it will really slow me down.
Of course this is set off by the fact that it is my last Langdale - and I have huge amounts of time in hand to average under 5 hours for the whole thing which will be sensational.
So - that completes 4 full weeks of running marathons! I've got 52.4 miles left out of 786. I will get there but it isn't over until it's over. And on the fundraising I'm closing in on £40k which makes the whole thing worthwhile and will have an enormous positive impact on the young lives of so many. Just from some old bloke doing a bit of running! Who'd have believed it??
Your photograph tonight is from my room looking over to Ambleside on this magnificent day.
And here are some stats:
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