Thought of FFB when did a little run in the snow last night, but a niggle from last weekend stopped me after 2 miles. Better effort this morning, seems to have settled a bit and 5-6 snow miles. Never run a 100k in it at this rate.
Raining since the afternoon and all turned to slush.
Afternoon of Christmas shopping, evening by the fire - I hope!
Bitterly cold at the finish, finish gazebo was threatening to blow away and had to be dismantled before the last ten or so finishers came in so quickly got some warmer clothes out of the car. Dry socks and shoes felt amazing, worth waiting for and seriously cushy smartwool socks they were too. Realised I had drunk next to nothing all day - oops so had a drink and waited for the others including Peter to come in. Everyone well within the darkfall cutoff!
Not too many folk hanging around when we went back up to the shed for our soup and chilli but had a chat with a few who were (including one other Orkney runner) and incidentally managed to interest a couple in Loch Katrine in March before catching the last few minutes daylight on our way back to Killin.
On the whole I enjoyed it after my awful start, could have improved my time but just wasn't there on the day. I think the large number of young runners and tri folk meant there weren't many folk at the back of the race - unlike other ultras I've done but a good run on a tough route. Would have been very exposed on a bad day at the time of year though.
Nice meal afterwards in the Bridge of Lochy hotel after the drive back and bath. Stiff as a board yesterday and travelling all day didn't help but better today (though still stiff).
Peter "Can we not do any more ultra's THIS year" made me laugh!
At 19 miles another checkpoint which I ran through and onto another landrover track which went over the top of the glen before dropping steeply to come back to along the bottom. Slightly rougher and muddier surface than before and lots of gates meant hard to keep it going. But could see and look forward to a long sharp downhill which when reached actually turned out to be really difficult to run on as it was very steep and uneven, I ran it but it was not fast! At the bottom a much better surface and most of it but got tired approaching the climb back up to the top. (Probably forgot to eat).Lots of sleepy highland cows watching in bemusement and 2 solitary spectators!
The climb back up was initially a very steep zig zag back to the last check point and no way could I run it but power walked. Grabbed a piece of tablet and square of fruit cake (yummy) at CP to munch up the rest of the hill and get going again for the last 2 downhill miles. Now the wind was getting up and it was cooler so put on the top I had removed earlier. Downhill hard on tired quads, but knew it wasn't far, eased off on the last wee rise before a look at watch showed that 6.15 was a possible so off down the last half mile to the finish. 6.11 something, OK the winners had been in for 2 hours but I was the oldest lady there so happy enough. Lots of young fast triathletes taking part.