As good a day as any to run a marathon!
I didn't feel good at all today and as Gina whisked me to the ODG early I decided on an early start. Obviously this was at the risk of disappointing a legion of supporters. The weather must have put everyone off!
It took every ounce of motivation to keep running down the valley as everything hurt and nothing moved easily. I was actually looking forward to the Red Bank climb as it presented an excuse to walk. But in fact I got going and by the time of my first stop (1 hour in) I wasn't more than 10 minutes behind my usual schedule.
As I started the huge climbs back up through Little Langdale and then to Blea Tarn I was joined by Mac and Aly Knowles. Mac cycled with me, Aly provided the motivation and ginger beer. So wonderful of you both to give your Saturday to supporting me.
By the start of the second lap I hadn't stopped and was moving more easily at a controlled pace - and gradually making up time although that was not my intention.
Aly and Mac left me for a well deserved coffee - the weather was foul. At least I was running! And then joined me in the same place as I ran those hills for the second time. The first time I've done so without stopping. You also took some great photos. Here's 1:
If you're wondering, it's Craig's day because I spent a colossal day 8 with Craig Johnson during the 10in10 in May this year.
Here are some stats and a last photo:
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