Great reading all your tales: so sorry to hear your problems Ben...
That rocky slippy stream section was um, not what my tired feet and ankles needed: found that worse than the V.hill to be honest
and yup: i got caught out by a sign that had been twisted round the wrong way just over the bridge over the A1 at Newcastle... headed off in the wrong direction, til i came to a 3 way path split and no signs down either of them, so headed back and some kind folk got me back on track...
Without that I may have beaten the 14 hour mark... but as it is finished in 14hours 10mins and those last 10 miles were the hardest physical thing i've done
Cabbey: can you add Peachy Keith + 1 to banquet arrangements
And oh boy, starting to get nervous...
After a poor effort at the edinburgh marathon: really bad pacing at the start - way too fast: I don't think you are supposed to get a PB for a 5k and a 10k at a marathon are you? Then a poor middle where i thought i was going waaay slower than i actually was... finished in 3:35 which is ok but was really aiming to be 10 to 15 mins faster...
...seems to have knocked the ol confidence
Last week was recovery runs and easy-ish runs over the weekend: as if any run that includes doing the three Eildon hills can be classed as easy
anyway lots more miles this weekend - can't believe i'm turning down a trip to Fort William and the MTB world cup before easing up again
hotels: yeah prices compared to the week before/after are high... i've booked into the central travelodge too... so what are we all doing for dinner on friday night?
new backpack bought: salomon agile 12l - no idea how good its going to be but couldn't really justify the 'special' backpacks at twice the price, also don't know how much stuff i'll need or if i would have got away with the little 6L tesco thing that
new shoes bought: Salomon XA cross 3d 2 extremelylongname's - my road shoes soles are all too worn to run on damp grass and hills, and my speedcross 3's have way too an agressive tread and no cushioning for roads
Cliff shots: not tried that brand but have had the gatorade chews and the Gu chomps - i'm guessin' they are similar: great for eating before races in that nervous wait before the gun: release/disolve slower than gels... but are they any better than glorified jelly babies? dunno.the ones i have had were a lot stronger in taste tho.