Monday, 2 September 2013

Day 3 - Windermere. The Good Family Marathon

And the day dawned overcast, very still, warm and humid.

As good a day as any to run a marathon!

I felt apprehensive this morning and a bit down on energy. Everything was a bit sore as I set off and then I got quite hot. It was terribly humid with no breeze at all.

I decided on recovery run tactics - short stride, soft steps, run well within myself.
Of course it's slower but I resigned myself to that - there will be plenty worse days.

Left calf, right hip niggles and discomfort came - and also went. Admittedly after a couple of hours but they did go! Sooner or later your body seems to get the message that you're not stopping!

After a slow first half, bizarrely I got going quite well on the most difficult third quarter of the course. The ever reliable Jim was on hand to provide me with a cup of tea in Bowness - and I got home in 4:47. Again delighted with that and there will be many worse days!

Thanks to Jim who has supported so wonderfully over the first 3 days.

And all best wishes and thanks to Susan & Arthur for sponsoring today - I did my very best for you!! And rescued a slow first half with a really pleasing second half - you inspired me and Brathay!

Some stats again:

Cumulative Time Distance Countdown
Time Distance
04:31:00 4:31:00 26.2 759.8
04:55:00 9:26:00 52.4 733.6
04:47:00 14:13:00 78.6 707.4

And of course a photo - my own natural ice bath! Taken at the Brathay Boat House ....

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