Posted: 17/08/2014 at 14:29
Thanks for the vibes yesterday, Knowing they were there really helped!
Unfortunately I dropped at 51 miles so was a DNF for me this time.
The main reason was I got a sicky gut at 25 ish miles and was unable eat or drink anything, even water made me feel crap! And guess what happens when you dont eat or drink doing these things? Energy levels drop to nill pretty quickly rendering me unable to do much but walk as fast as I could manage, but also, running made it worse so I was forced to walk the next 6-8 miles or so, but finally started throwing up (hard with nothing in stomach) and cleared the problem, (another runner suggested take a huge swig of water and trigger a projectile vomit) As soon as I started getting food and energy drink in me I was off again, at 11-12mm which I was happy with, but I also knew time was not on my side. With a tough course like this, that much lost time had put me back to the point that I was down to chasing cuttoffs, which Is the one thing I didnt want to be doing. I should have been 1-2 hours ahead at 40 miles. It was more like 10 minutes.
Still, I was keeping ahead of them, just, and kept going. Right up until I repeated the sicky, and found out the cause... despite testing it thouroughly, my Fructose based energy drink screws up my stomach when thats the only thing going in in quantity! Guess what I had refilled with at the CP I was back to walking while trying to throw up again, but this time was unable to By the time I got to 51 mile CP, I was feeling so weak it was getting a struggle to even walk, and apparently was looking pretty pale. I had thought over my options during the last miles, and had worked out that It would have been possible to make the end cutoff, but only by 50/50 walk/run@ 10mm and there was no way that was going to happen. I also felt that I didnt want to spend another 3 hours in the state I was in, so made the hard decision to drop. At that point every pented up emotion seem to poor our, almost causing a tidal wave down the Stour
This was the right decision to make in the circumstances, and everyone present agreed, including the two sweepers, who had been with me for the last few miles.
One thing I was happy with, was that I had beaten my previous 50 mile record and kept my promise that there would be beer at the end, and as this was the end, just over the river bridge was a nice pub, so off we went! I did pre warn Roni Geoff and Anne (my crew) that it probably wouldnt be wise to sit in front of me just in case! It dook me an hour to finish a pint but it was well worth it!
During the run, in the dark times, I questioned pretty much everything, food/drink/electrolytes sorted properly? Yes, when I did eat my portables, they were great! low fibre high calory/carbs with high water content, Hydration was great (only 2lb down from the day) apart from the fructose. Was my training good enough? The answer to that is yes, formed around 10 mile 750ft climb hill sessions, 6 or 8 * 1 mile intervals, long and very runs with back to backs, plus easy days. Proof for me is that even today, I am a bit stiff in places, but am walking about with some ease, and could get in the car last night for a 110 mile drive (passenger, Roni drove), unlike the SDW50 earlier where I couldnt move for 2-3 days and was in pain a fair bit. I have no doubt whatsoever that without the sicky, I would have finished.
In closing, I got to spend a great day out in the amaizing Stour Valley, with many like minded people, made some new friends, and got to run a brilliant but tough course! Will I do it again next year? Hell yeah (just without the fructose)
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