Sorry to hear that you have been unwell TP. Sounds horrible. Hope you are recovering well.
Well, that was bloody awesome
The hardest, most gruelling thing I have ever done. Combine altitude, windy conditions, heat, epic climbs, soft sand and technical terrain and what do you end up with: altitude sickness and a finish line collapse and oxygen
24 runners started including 6 women. 21 finished and I was 3rd woman. The worl champion stair runner from Mexico city who was marked for 2nd place dropped out, as did 2 of the Chilean runners.
So, it may have taken me an appalling 7.16, but I finished. I will get some blog entries up soon.
The Atacama is an amazing place, bleak, majestic and awesome. Mr FFB loved it too and was a regular David Bailey. We have some great photos. One of the other British runners gave him her mega DSLR camera with huge zoom lens which he went mad with, so hopefully we will get those pictures too. There will also be the official photos once the photographer gets back from Antarctica,
Good to see everyone planning for next year. I have put in an entry for the WHW and have entered the North Pole Marathon. Neither a definite as I have to get through WHW selection and need to sort finances for north pole which is very expensive. Looking for some corporate backing - so if anyone knows of any big corporates looking to off load some profits let me know
Just as I was departing for Chile I got word that I had been given an Exceptional Volunteer award from Alzheimer Scotland
Meant to say - update on the Loch Katrine Ultra. So, I have been a bit short of time recently which is why the 'trial' invite run only has not happened.
I have now reccied the whole route and some 'add ons'. There are a few logistics isseus around getting folk to the start, where to actually finish it. There is also the small matter of the path going through the middle of a working farm at Brig O'Turk. Been chatting with the Trossachs path person and what I might do is arrange a trial run to coincide with the official opening of the path next easter, then look to get a full event scheduled for autumn. It is going to be quite tricky to find a good time to hold it so that it does not clash with other ultras.
Well done TP - your marathon was almots a replica of mine including the times at halfway and finish
It was really good to see Elspeth and OH at Loch Ness especially at the finish.
I am totally at sea with my events for next year. I did not particulalry want to do the Fling again, but I am probably going to enter WHW and everyone was saying that I 'must' do the Fling in preparation. I was actually fancying the Kintyre Way, but everyone says that is too long to close to WHW. Arghhh Problem is, that if I do manage to raise backing to to the North Pole, that is in April and I am pretty sure that 2.5 weeks recovery for the Fling won't be enough. So, I have enetered the Fling not knowing if I will actually do it. If I don't I will have to take the rsik of doing the Kintyre Way, so will probably have to enter that to ensure I have a place, so either way it is going to be a not insignificant entry fee wasted
Well done Samantha and 57.5 I am slowly getting back into things and have done another hypoxic session. Hoping to get a couple of weeks solid training in before a short taper into the Volcano marathon. Only 4 weeks away
Have been nominated for the Alzheimer Scotland individual volunteer fundraiser award. My fundraising now at £13.5k Ironically the award event is on the 7th November just as I go out to Chile and hope to raise more funds
Did I say that I somehow managed to come 2nd in my age group in the SUMS long series and 5th overall in the long series.
Hi All, another extended absence on my part LN was a disaster Actually, collapsed - yes - woman down - at 24.5 miles What happened? Well, no ntirely sure, but I think I went too fast and too hard with not enough recovery from Glenmore 24, and possibly not enough food.
I was wearing an HRM to get some data for the sports sicentists who are doing my hypoxic training, and really should have paid attention to the readings. Going great to 10 miles at which point I decided to eas back a bit as my HR as hitting 172ish. Still good at half way which I got to in 2.08. At 15 was beginning to feel it a bit and my HR was sitting at 177 . Anyway, I pushed it to the hill which I decided to walk. Felt fine at 20ish miles/top of hill and started to motor on again. HR was still high though. Got to 23 and felt a bit so walked a bit then got back to running. Just passed 24 I started top feel dizzy and light headed and then at 24.5 I decided to walk again. At that point my legs went to rubber and refused to go one in front of the other and I started to stumble about. Just as a motorbike marshall arrived my legs went, I started to black out and crumpled
Sat at the edge of the road and a couple of first aiders came along. I had some water and took another gel (had already taken on at the previous water station a mile or so back). I was sure a hell not getting lifted so asked them to lift me up. They got me on my feet and steadied me and I started that awful wobbly walk that we all laugh at on You Tube. The marshall decided to tail me.
Just past 25 miles Sue Walker caught me. She was a god send. She grabbed my arm, got me walking straight and breathing properly and even got me running again for about the last 3rd of a mile.
Still managed to finish under 5 hrs, but quite a scary unnerving experience. Then had the most horrendous doms last week. The started on the Monday and did not clear until Friday
Anyway, fine now and easing back into training. Bike and weights yesterday and a run later today hopefully.