Posted: 15/12/2014 at 11:10
great stuff JR chase the elf sounds like a lot of fun but I agree that they should have had a slightly slower elf
I went to bed on friday at 10pm and got up at 1am feeling somewhat groggy having only 3 hours sleep. Pottered around a bit getting my stuff together then headed outside to take on my challenge.
It was 1:55am and freezing cold! I had a base layer, t shirt, jacket, gloves, hat, buff, skins compression shorts, shorts, over trousers, injinji socks and my trusty Luna mono and was still chilly!
After the first 3 miles I was starting to warm up then realised I actually felt a little sick. I think I was slightly overheating or maybe it was just the pressure on my belly from the amount of layers I had on. At around mile 4 I stopped to take the over trousers off and stashed them in my bag.
It was sooooo cold but I instantly felt so much better and I quickly found my pace again. I had set out with the idea to focus on 5 miles an hour for the first 3 hours then just try and hold onto 4.5 miles for as long as I could. I kept to that almost to the minute for the first 15 miles.
4 hours in and I was now on 19.5 miles, the pace felt comfy, my feet felt fine but the hills were starting to wake my hamstring up.
I did some calculations to figure out what I could get away with and just tried to stay as relaxed as I could. I was averaging a little over 4.5 miles an hour now and approaching home again I couldnt face seeing my house again so I spun around a mile early with the idea that I could just make it up at the other end.
It felt great to be on the last leg of the trip with 22 miles under my belt. The temperature had really dropped off now and I kept looking at the sky to see where the big beautiful ball of fire was going to appear from.
It was finally starting to get lighter now as I neared the marathon point but it was still really, really cold. I focused on something else. I focused on the joy that I had just run through the night. I had made it, even if I walk now I could make the start of parkrun. Sure I will have to make up a mile or so at the end but at least I wont miss the start!.
Bye bye marathon! I smiled at the thought that I had just run a marathon before most people, myself included, had had breakfast. I kept pushing on now really willing the sun to show its face.
I came to the final hill on my way to the park and had a peak at my watch. It was at this point that it dawned on me that my early spin around before I got home meant that I had missed and extra mile....I still had just over 3 miles to make up....damn it.
I ran to the car park where the start of parkrun is. It was now 8:05am and had done around 29ish miles. I tried to just keep moving to make up as much distance as i could and to stay warm so I headed off towards the lake. 30 something and the wall was trying to block me in as I wobbled around. I noticed MS driving into the car park up ahead so I made my way to them. I was great with wonderful warm hugs and smiles and I tried my best to smile but the wall had a pretty tight grip on me right now.
I said I was having a moment and just needed to keep moving........