I took 6 days off post marathon then the following weekend did 15M run walk in the Peaks. Mostly walking and stopping every 15minutes to check the map because I was on my own and wasn't sure where I was going.
Another 2 hilly run-walks in the following 2 weekends including a back to back hill run-walk and 10M run one week out from the race. Quickie 5 day taper then pulled on my trainers and went for it!
Did 6-8M midweek but over all, I think I only did 2-3 runs a week in the build up to this. The race itself was not too hilly and the terrain was very beginner friendly. Not technically difficult and I saw quite a few people do it in road shoes. We were lucky as it was totally dry. I would have easily taken me an extra hour+ if it had been a bog fest.
DONE!! It was an absolutely BRILLIANT experience and I can't wait to go again! Absolutely loved it from start to finish and it's the start of many more adventures to come.
So many funny little moments and interesting observations, it's so much less intense than marathons where I'm constantly trying to maintain pace and get it done. I could really absorb the surroundings and enjoy the race.
Thanks for all the encouragement. The dark side is flipping ace!
Just wondering if anyone is driving to CTS Pembrokeshire and is able to give me a lift from Manchester or the North West in general? I'm hoping to travel on Friday and come back Monday but I can be flexible to suit.
I'll of course pay petrol, bring sweets and be a great passenger!
Sooo...Sunday nearly went to plan. Looking good for 3:33 until I hit the wall HARD at 20miles but managed to stagger in for a 6min PB at 3:41. Had full body rigor mortis yesterday but after a lovely 9hr sleep I'm feeling quite chipper.
Bought some shoes yesterday, entered the race today and hopefully by Saturday I'll be in the mood to hit the Peaks for a day of jog/ walk hill action.
Thank you everyone for egging me on! Can't wait to give this my all.