During my very short preparation coming into this event I had wondered what average time I could produce. Last year it was just under 3:32 per day. I knew I wasn’t fit or focused enough to be there again but what was I capable of?
As I came into the event I was thinking I would probably end up with an average of around 3:40 and anything like this would make me more than happy. I did wish to go sub 3:30 on at least 1 day so made an effort to achieve this mini goal on day 1, which I managed. There was a second reason for this. It would set me up for decent times if I was fitter than I expected.
I kept the pressure on my times through days 2, 3 and 4 then pulled out another sub 3:30. Sadly this was too much for me to continue and fatigue made my times slip. Day 8 was another tough old day the calves were very tender and longing for a rest but I have been here before and have the strength of mind to keep them powering forward. All that said the best I could produce was less than a minute quicker than Day 7 with 3:55:49. With days 7 & 8’s times my planned average of 3:40 was now looking doubtful.
I must thank Chris today for his company and support during the last few miles. I feel a bit guilty for beating him, it wasn’t my intention, I just felt strong enough over the last 2 miles and wanted to press on.
The pain behind my left knee seems to be subsiding which is good news but I now have a right calf which is becoming increasingly sore. I wonder how day 9 will pan out?
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