I do have some relevant previous experience. A couple of London Marathons, a few half marathons and the 38-mile Downs Link run. But even so, running 50 miles was a real stretch target!
Preparation is key
I made sure that I put all I had learned from running in previous events to good use. First of all, I knew that preparation is key. The right training, the right kit and the right mindset. Waiting at the startline feeling super-nervous, I was also quietly confident. Because I knew that I had prepared well.
So 8:30am on Sunday April 7th – we’re off!
Unlike this year’s London Marathon, the weather conditions were good. Dry and cool. I set off at a steady pace, staying hydrated by drinking lots of water and keeping my body fuelled with a good mix of sweet and savoury snacks. At 26 miles I had almost run a marathon, and I was feeling good!
Then, I started to feel it. My vision was blurred and I felt weak. At 30 miles we had to climb a steep ridge. There was a bitter wind blowing at the top and my desire to keep going was failing….
Somehow, I made it to the next checkpoint. Topped up with fluid and snacks I set off again for the final stretch.
When I reached the top of the last hill I felt elated. The last two miles along roads went more quickly than I expected and before I knew it, the athletics track came into view and I had made it to the finish line!
My run time was 10 hours 40 minutes. A time I was very pleased with. I’d have loved to have done it in sub 10 hours, but I’m not complaining!
Not too many aches and pains afterwards. And NO BLISTERS! Result!
Getting up after sitting for a while was hard to start with though! I struggled getting out of the car on my return home!
My key takeaways from the experience:
- Prepare well
- Look after your body (eat and drink plenty to keep you fuelled)
- Take it steady
Overall, a fabulous experience and one I wouldn’t mind repeating. Although I do have a bit of a yen for the SDW 100. That’s the 100-mile version! Watch this space!
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