Monday was a slow jog round my local 4 mile loop. Wednesday- ‘midweek mountain’ has made a comeback now the nights are lighter….although Latrigg isn’t a mountain really but I felt pretty good. It was raining and lovely conditions for running. Because I was in a good mood, I ran all the way to the top…funny how that works.
I had every intention of doing parkrun this Saturday but I decided that I deserved a lie in and instead did 6 miles around Talkin Tarn. Two easy laps, two tempo and one fast- translation: well I tried to run faster but to be really honest I felt tired and so it wasn’t very fast at all.
Had time to do a little Ultra-Thought:
We picked up the ‘training route’ section from Rydal Mount and started the four mile climb. The first point of note before joining the actual route was Nab Scar.
After a K or so the next summit was Heron Pike then a descent and climb up to Great Rigg. I was bounding along, thinking about how confident I was feeling, the sun was shining, Ed was a bit further back taking some photos, I came up behind a couple of walkers on a narrow path and was in the midst of an internal dialogue discussing the best route to pass them…. next thing I know I’m flat on my back. Luckily, being a black belt in Judo, I know how to fall (I’m not the best black belt in Judo….I got thrown a lot- I know how to land well) so I rolled out of it and preserved some dignity. I was a bit scuffed and bruised but ok, Ed missed the whole thing.
I have so much admiration for people who do races like this, I know it’s going to be a really tough one for me. Today, without pressure, it was just amazing.