This will be the longest run for me too. I have 15 hours in my mind, but will see how it is going. I will not be disapppointed even if I finish sunday morning.
Weedy Gonzales - Thank you for the detailed report.
Is there anyone planning a recce run on the last section to Newcastle? I think it would be a great help to run on familiar ground in the dark after 100K. I live in Surrey, I will not have many chance to go up north, but I would like to do this bit in march-april.
stutyr - My road shoes are really old, so it could have lost cushioning, and I will buy a new pair soon. But the other one is new. It is a Solomon XA Pro 3D Ultra. I had a really painful race in this one back in may at the Three Forts Challange. Maybe I rather tend to land on my fore sole and this could cause the pain? I assume there are special shoes for this.
Runners Therapist - Yes, it is the ball of the foot. The whole ball gets sensitive and I have to carefully watch every single step to avoid pebbles and sharp edges. So far it always appeared after 13miles. I have never stoped because of this. Usually it subsides 20minutes after it appears while still runing.
After 13-15miles of running road or trail my fore sole on my right foot starts to get numb and very sensitive. On road I can handle it as after another 2-3 miles I simply get used to it and can ignore the pain. But on trail it gets really painful as the smallest uneven surface or pebble (not to mention a sharp edged stone) causes very shap pain. I have bought a thick insole, but does not seem to help. Does anyone has an idea what the science could be behind it? Any wise advice? Thanks in advance.
I think I will buy a 20L bag. I can not see a problem running with a half empty/full bag.
pursuedbyangrybees- I think taped seams are sign of a real waterproof gear. When a waterproof material is sewed through, there will be tiny punch holes through the waterproofing. These holes need to be sealed up, and the easiest way to do that is for the manufacturer to apply a hot-melt tape over the seams. It’s rather like Sellotape which sticks when you iron it on.