Well, it was a DNF for me at the SVP100 mainly caused by a sicky stomach at around 26-7 miles which stopped me from taking on anything and having to walk as even running made it go off at that time! No water or food is draining on energy! So could not do more than walk for 6-8 miles. It also helps set off cramps in weak legs .... Anyway, I did get that sorted after another runner suggested some really big gulps of water to induce a projectile vomit to clear out my stomach! it worked! and I settled down to a steady trot again, but was chasing cuttoffs from that point on.
After I cleared 42 miles, I found out what had caused the sicky, it appeared to be my fructose based energy drink, as I had just refilled with it again at Lamarsh and within a few miles It was off again walking, but this time I couldnt manage a clear out By the time I got to 51 miles, I was totally drained of both energy and the will to continue, knowing that I couldnt make the cuttoffs at the speed I was down to, so took the very hard decision to drop. Still, despite the problems I had beaten my 50 mile time so was a little happy .... and got a beer down eventually too!
The course was excellent but tough, the day great, the organisation superb, and the people, runners and helpers and especially my Crew were brilliant
First off, now I have finally woken back up again (slept most of Sunday and dozed Monday ) I would like to say thank you for following and encouragement here and on the FB pages it really has a good effect knowing there are people shouting and throwing pompoms about! I did get some very strange looks from sheep while mumbling things like 'pom pom pom'
There were a lot of positives to the day, the start went well, and despite my usual morning heavy chest that takes 2-3 hours to clear, I made the first checkpoint bang on time (wanted to start slow) and then onto the second one not very far behind. It only went wrong after that, and almost totally from the sicky non able to eat drink issue.
Sunday despite sleeping, when I did get up, yes, I was a bit sore and ached a bit, but we were all amaized that I could walk about quite easily, same on Monday! After my first 50 (SDW) I was in pain, stiff as a board and unable to walk properly, let alone go up or come down steps! This was really different, which I hope is showing that I have really come a long way in fitness/endurance and am able to entertain these daft distances better now.
I even went out for a short run with Roni last night, to loosen up and get some blood flowing, and felt really great afterwards! I probably could have done the same Monday, but wanted to sleep again instead... These post long run recovery runs really do work well
It seems that the tracker worked ok most of the time (perhaps you can tell me your views?) but out mobile updates didnt do too well, and I know that I had trouble using whatsapp to talk to my crew, and they had trouble updating pages in several places. Oh well, it'll work next time... really ...
I wanted to see how well I did on SVP before deciding how to approach more Ultras next year, and have decided that despite a DNF, it WASNT a total disaster, and I was fit enough to do these longer distances, so will be entering a few good ones next year, and hopefully a couple between now and Xmas. I'll add details in later, but I'm quite excited at those plans to say the least now ... (everyone else thinks i'm mad)