Enough about the weather. Here we go folks, a gratuitous post about my first ultra marathon.
I don’t want to give you a boring mile by mile run down, and I’m kind of tempted to just let the pictures talk for themselves but I couldn’t resist a little Country to Capital race report by numbers.
68.4 km ran
57 my finishing place (out of 296 finishers. David, that fact is for you)
30+ fabulous marshalls on the route. Including Charlotte – I am indebted to you for sorting out my flipping shoe lace. and Mary who I got to see twice
26 miles to go. The point where I knew I could do this. Thanks to Pip, Ian and James for helping me get that far, and with the navigation
13 miles to go. The famous sign on the course, 13 more miles of canal to go and the moment I put my headphones in. I didn’t even listen to an hour worth of podcast, but they kept me going in the gaps between chats as I passed fab fellas who egged me on
7 ish pieces of go beyond cake/other treats and snacks scoffed whilst on the move
6 hours 50 minutes of running
2 marathons in training
1 amazing coach: Cat Simpson got me further and quicker than I ever thought possible.
1 toilet find! This one is for all you guys and gals thinking about running country to capital. I found a proper toilet! After the first CP you go past a leisure centre on your right. I think it was 12km in. Gents on the left, ladies on the right! You’re welcome.
What’s next for me? Well I have no more ultra plans just yet, Barcelona Marathon is coming up quick and I am having a good week of hard rest.
Some photos from Adrian Howes the photographer