Kk - initially I diddle want to get my feet to wet early on but it was futile and I did enjoy it when I didn't care where my feet landed. I've already been looking at more trail runs. Getting quite excited about my ultra too.
Saint - I make chilli mince which is easy to take to work and can be eaten cold... Chicken portions, cold meats and cheese. It just takes a little imagination... Try mixing foods together that you wouldn't normally mix...
I ran the north downs run today and it was a very pleasant experience.
I got to the start feeling quite anxious, not knowing what to expect, plus slightly doubting my fitness or that the diet is doing what it meant to do. I met up with a few of my club mates before heading to the start.. We were counted down and the race began. it started by running around a field, which I thought well this is easy. We turned off the field and the mud started and it never ended. Every corner was either, thick mud, a huge muddy puddle or varying degrees of both.
the course took us through some of the most scenic Kent countryside, rolling hills, fields filled with Poppy's, wooded areas and farms that grew peas, barley and fruit trees of some sort.
At first I was trying to avoid the mud by running on the side of the puddles but that ultimately lead to me slipping and falling into a huge puddle. I got up but slipped again so after that I decided to just run through them. (which was more fun anyway). I saw a couple of people slip and fall but nothing too severe.
I rounded the final corner and decided to finish strong so I picked up my knees and sprinted to the line and crossed it in 2:31:54 and I was 45th overall and 42nd male and 20th in my age group out of a field of 538 participants.
An amazing race and will look forward to doing it again next year. Only thing I'd change is I'd wear trail shoes rather than road shoes...