Long run day.
I wanted to run 17 miles today and planned to run last weeks 15 mile route but not get lost and continue on as I should have last week before I got lost and headed home! The gel was safely zipped in my pocket until mile 6 when I drank it. On the plus side it tasted good, no after taste, (no stomach issues either) but did not get the boost of energy I was hoping for or indeed needed. The weather was awful, constant rain and the wind was enough to keep me cold also. Parts of the road were flooded and it wasn’t long before my feet were squelching.
When I got lost last week and turned around I think it was my best move to date as beyond the turning point was THE HIL, (see below) as I discovered.
At mile 9 to mile 10 I climbed from approx 580 ft to 980 ft, if I said I ran it I would be lying and this was the first hill since running in Devon that defeated me, but realised that I would be quicker if I walked than lumbered up.
When I got to the top I was well and truly in the clouds.
I felt a bit vulnerable running up there in the cloud all on my own in the woods with not a soul about it was eerie.
I ended up in the village at 15.5 miles so did a little loop to make it up to the 16, 1 mile shy of my goal but that is fine, but rest assured I will NEVER run this route again.
Madam’s latest idea for Dragons Den ‘A Garmin that electrocutes you if you walk’. Nice! Thanks Madam love you too!