I was still feeling a bit poorly on Sunday morning and was in two minds whether to do this race. It’s the longest distance I’ve ever ran in the past and I could imagine spending the entire race coughing or gobbing phlegm. I was feeling better than I did 2 days ago though, so “sod it” I thought and got changed into shorts and running vest.
I felt ok though after a couple of miles and settled into a good rhythm. About 6 miles in, I started to get “the pain” and a few people went past me. I was getting frustrated by this and probably slowed down even more as a result. It was a long way to go and I was feeling weak. I got back to a decent pace and maintained my position more or less for the rest of the race and did my best to ignore the pain. At this point I’d decided that wearing fell shoes on a freezing cold day where the ground was rock-solid was a mistake. Everyone else was wearing comfy trail shoes.
One of the best things about this race for me was the route. Most of it was along familiar trails I ride all the time, but there was one section that was completely new to me and on a bike will be a barrel of fun. I’ll be riding it this week and getting some photos…
I finished within my 1:30 target with a time of 1:29 and a bit – 75th place out of 200-ish.