I had a fantastic time at Great Barrow Challenge in Suffolk. Eat, sleep and run (and walk) . Weather a bit tooooo hot and humid - my slowest and only 'not really enjoyable' day was when it hit 35 degrees . 5 great different multi-terrain routes, beautiful countryside (and houses, estates, churches and horses) - and yes, Suffolk does have some hills, - and fantastic company with quite a few returnees from l0 in 10 last September and lots more new folk too. Lots of runners doing 4 in 4 or odd days and some doing the half. The guys chickened out and it was just myself and a younger Irish woman who did the 10 in 10 ultras. Thankfully they changed it round so that we did the marathon first, used the finish as our last checkpoint and then trotted out again to do our own 6 mile loop (which was the same each day and, although it contained what must have been the 3 biggest hills around, was actually quite enjoyable ). As last year I walked up all the hills and kept a slow but steady pace throughout. Finish times ranged from 6h 25m to 7h 46m and I was pleased with how things went. If you're interested all the info and results are on the website and the facebook page has lots of photos.
To finish off, a few of us nutters then went and did Potteries marathon on Sunday. Extremely hilly - I decided after just 6 miles to walk the hills, and felt so much fresher each time I got to run down. Not a very inspiring location, rows and rows of boring residential housing and the most uneven surface for a road marathon ever (are there any unbroken paving slabs in Stoke?) Finished in 4:39 and thankfully well under shelter when the heavens opened and gale force winds practically demolished the start/ finish area about 3pm. Monday I felt like a zombie , have managed to do all the washing, but still have loads of stuff to store away. However, did manage to take out our ex-beginners for a jog over the golf course today .
Hi Shadies - I'm back and just about caught up with the postings on this thread!
Well done to all the racers over the past couple of weeks
sk - I see that parkrun are now introducing a junior parkrun at some events - about 2 - 3k I think. Much better for the youngsters. Although they are probably ok doing 5k as part of their normal running about /playing etc, at parkruns they are racing (and probably trying to beat their friends or parents). I once read that just because you can't see the damage to young still growing bones, tendons etc doesn't mean that it's not there and it may be years before the damaging effects are apparent.
Shades - I hope you've recovered from your fall now and are all healed up. The worst part is when you've just tripped, know you're going down and can't do anything to stop it .
Good nights sleep and felt a lot better this morning . Have felt faint quite a number of times (Shades - you might remember that I had to lie down across some chairs at Loch Ness!), although not recently. Had the heartburn thing day after Portsmouth but was checked out thoroughly by GP and was ok. Think I should have eaten more during the run and probably earlier on too . It was a long day with just nibbles.
Slowkoala - for most multi-terrain I'll wear my road shoes (Asics Hyperspeed 6) as they're light and comfortable. I'll wear trail shoes in the winter if it's really muddy. Last year when running I had a blister under a toenail which made me screw my toes slightly and alter my gait just a bit. Next day I had a big bruise on my shin!
Big G - that looks like a really fun day . Great to get so close to those lovely animals.
Finished feeling a bit stiff but otherwise fine . Had my choc milkshake and then a shower . Had a mug of tea and fancied some chips, but found I just couldn't eat more than 2 or 3. Then came over a bit dizzy and stayed sitting down for a while till I felt ok. Left chips and rest of tea untouched but was ok to drive home . But after about an hour of driving I got terrible heartburn and had to pull into a lay-by and rummage in my bag for some Rennies and wait for them to take effect. Very tired when I got home at 9.20pm, had a half hour nap but couldn't face a meal so had 2 small croissants and a cup of Horlicks and went to bed .
Woke up very late with a migraine but had some tea and toast (and then felt queasy). Watched athletics on tv, then had a nap. Still didn't want anything else to eat and then got bad heartburn again, felt cold and clammy and had another nap. Have finally managed to eat a meal and feel relatively ok now, so not sure what all that was about . My resting heart rate is rather low today compared to what it usually is. I have one of those blood pressure monitors which my daughter bought for me, but my readings seem to vary widely, although most of the last two weeks they have been quite low - not convinced that the monitor is very reliable.