Posted: 25/03/2013 at 08:45
Morning what to say except this years TP was a continuation from last years TP. Went into this race with the goal of breaking sub 24, very doable in conditions from the Saturday of last year. This year was at times and for long stetches a mud bath.
Up until Cookham my plan was going well tho revised finish at all cost!! Run 25 walk 5 and try to average around the 12 min mark. I have been training to keep this up throughout the race. I had figured this one (finish at all costs) out pretty quickly when I saw horizontal snow at 7 in the morning whilst eating my breakfast at the Premier Inn. Sub 24 would of been a bonus.
Well left Cookham got into Maidenhead and turned on my head torch, crossed the bridge and made a couple of phone calls, this was during my 5 min walking break. All good so far. Then at mile 43 whilst trying to skip around another puddle I lost my footing and unintentionally decided to try and throw myself into the river. That one was to close and literally threw me. I can now totally agree about this 90% in the head stuff, physically I was tired but ok, mentally I was shoot.
From then on in around Dorney Lake as for everyone all I did was skid, slip and shuffle where I could. This broke me after last years last 13 miles. I just couldn't face another 50 miles of that.
So the end product is my first DNF, but I can take a whole load of positives from this experience, my equipment was spot on felt like toast, minor blisters but ok, 25 5 really does work for me over the longer distances. My body is physically stronger. Remember my first 50 in 2011 and not being able to move bar hobble for the next week. Going for a 6 mile slowish jog later today!!
Want to thank the organisers and marshall the very best for giving us the opportunity of running 100 plus miles, the weather is what it is. To all the people who set out DNF ed well done. To the runners who got to the end of this race you are worthy centurions.....................Excellent (next year going to look at doing a summer away from the river 100 miler)