Running race 9:02:11  39.01 mi (13:54 / mi) +1179m 12:42 / mi
Higher Terrain Events Cairngorm Trail Ultra at 60 something kms - 63 seems about the average.
Had no idea how this would go. Did some pretty consistent winter long run training with Liz B but that tailed off about the time I got the email that the race was on. Been struggling hugely with sore heels - hormones oil your joints, so when they have been slowly dwindling away for the last few years but you don’t realise this fact, it’s not helpful!! Achilles, knees and back are prime targets for this joy :-)
So after shoving lots of random stuff in car, trundle over the hills to Braemar and pre-fuel on scampi and chips - needed this as stomach was awful on Friday. Wasn’t feeling greatly hydrated!! Fairly good sleep in the pop up bit of Jeni’s camper. Foot cramps overnight ... all looking fab :-)
In the 1st wave at 8am and it’s already warm. Suncream, hat sun glasses - tick, electrolytes - nope. Thankfully had a couple of gels amongst random food stuffs. Off we go. Ticking along well for first few sections, a few bottle necks, frustrating when faster runners want you to step onto the rougher trail so they can pass - can they not step onto it themselves, they are clearly the better runner!? Stunning views. Jeni caught me about 12km and it all turned a bit social at this point but still moving well.
Drank loads, but must have sweated it straight out, rare for me, also struggling to eat but managed to get bananas down.
The fords were numbing and quite strong, no rope so some rock clinging, fun :-)
Loved the route until we got to 1st CP at Loch Builg, it was a long time to reach it and i was overheated. Still moving reasonably well but heels kicking in.
Landrover tracks from here which became rather tedious when you could see them reaching for what looked like miles ahead.
So from 30 miles the wheels started to come off, more fuel would have helped the brain & the positivity but I couldn’t really eat. It’s a vicious circle but some banana chips helped. Slowed to a power walk/ultra shuffle which was super frustrating and there were a few rants and tears but Jeni was skipping along and Emma and I kept plodding and finally we entered the grounds of Mar Lodge and incredibly it was over!!
Today (Sunday) my legs are creaky, but I’ve been a lot worse. The heels are bad. But reflection says that after no ultra running for well over a year, and very low expectations, this was actually something i can be pleased about :-). Was aiming for 8 hrs, 8.5 would have been more realistic so 9 with some shuffling is just fine. Was not last :/)
Lakeland 100 entry ... hmmmm ... really not sure!