Check out a few different ultras (32 mile, 50 mile etc) run in Kent at Marshside (by 'Challenge Hub'). They are run on a easy 6m loop, and have a great atmosphere. The best one is the Moonlight Challenge in Feb , a 32 mile run at 6pm (so run in the dark) and it is magical. I've done it for the last few years.
Good to hear you're out of hospital LR...what caused it?
I tried running on Sunday morning....went out for a gentle 8m with my running club, but had to stop for a walk at 4m....they all thought it was hilarious as they went ahead, after I've been churning out the miles all this year. I'm going to give myself another week of beer & doritos to make sure I don't overdo it!
I'm having absolutely no thoughts about doing it again....struggling to get my head around that. But I've accidentally started looking at Spartathlon, oh dear.
Wow, what a weekend! I had a great time, everything they said about the race is right...brilliant atmosphere, good fun, feckin' long way.
Finished in daylight, unexpectedly, in 33hrs 9mins. I was superbly crewed all the way down, which I suspect made a massive difference to my finish time. I really feel for all the unsupported runners who must have had it hard to feed themselves all the way...I was pretty much force fed for the last 24 hours.
I didn't really see or chat to that many people on the way, I think the rain kind of made me go a bit insular for the Saturday, and Sunday was just painful.
Sorry to hear you're in hospital Lake Runner, get well soon. And get well soon to anyone else out there hobbling around. I've spend the last few days (since Monday) camping with my son, in the rain, so believe me when I say that while my knees & legs hurt when they finished 145 miles, they are so stiff in the mornings after a chilly night that I've taken to getting up at 5.30am just to walk/hobble around to try to ease them. Back into a real bed tonight though thank god, and just the sofa tomorrow.
ON the run, it was especially important - in the Bolton town centre (i.e. at the finish) there is a long twisty turny route through the streets before you get to the finish (or where you turn off to do another lap) which worked really well - the kids would see me, then go off to McD or something for the next 90 mins-ish and then get back to the barriers for me again. Wasn't very busy, so plenty of places to stand and obviously was right there at the finish which was brill for me.
The swim start was quite exciting too, although more for the 'spectacle' and to watch everyone getting in / out of the water, so I'd reccomend that too.
Cycle....leave him to it. Unless the weather is great, go back to the hotel and catch up on your sleep. Then get back out there for the run. If your husband is anyting like me, I'm up & eating at 3am after an IM anyway, so sleep is to be appreciated!
Just one other word of advice....get all the racking/transition stuff done early Sat...traffic was crap and made for a 'stressful' day.
Otherwise, it's brill. And a great excuse for a middle-aged-crisis tattoo!