Next 20 hours
Heart rate is down, I’ve walked back to camp, had a drink, had some food. The temperature in the high 20Cs, but I lay in the tent and didn’t move much for the next 2 hours. I got up, ate and drank something, moved around and stretched, got ready for my next lap. And that’s pretty much how it went. It just become a routine. It was nice during the darkness, it was cooler but I were still sweaty when I got back into my silk liner in my sleeping bag.
My fifth and sixth laps were slower, I could feel my hip seizing up (which is what happened last time), but I was still running and didn’t feel the need to stop. I was hoping that that would be my last lap, but we still had another 6 hours of racing to go! I wasn’t getting out of it that easily. The team had all agreed at the beginning that we wouldn’t duck out, we’ve just keep going, even if it meant slowing down a lot or walking. As it was, people didn’t slow down last much!
It was 9am Sunday, this was going to be my last lap. I was happy. I was just going to see how it was going to go. I started moving, 400m in, no soreness, 1 mile, I was in a shuffling style a little, but I felt ok. What was happening? Was it the adrenalin because I knew this was my last lap, did I have enough recovery? Had I eaten the right things and was hydrated? Whatever the answer, I kept going and slipped in at just under 44 mins. I had predicted a 50 minute lap.
12 noon Sunday
Those extra few minutes, fitted the plan perfectly. The horn sounded at 12 noon Sunday to finish. If you reached the line before 12 noon, you could send another runner out. Tom got to the line with 2 minutes to spare, we sent our last runner out (Jon) who came back with a hero’s welcome (especially after he forgot to change into his running trainers and ran around in his loafers!). We battled for 10th place (out of 61) and we did it! We had great teamwork and morale. The support was amazing and I’d managed to clock my most ever mileage at one of these events.
It’s awe inspiring watching people put themselves through so much suffering. The leading male clocked up 125 miles with the leading female at 110 miles. Our 10th place came up with 35 laps (175 miles).