Running race (Three Peaks Race) 3:28:47  23.58 mi (8:51 / mi) +1608m 7:18 / mi
slept:7.0 shoes: Salomon ultra 2
Almost perfect conditions, cool and dry, although the ground was considerably wetter than a week ago.
Started out with a comfortably hard effort up Pen-y-ghent and was in 5th at the summit. Cruised the decent and took it fairly easy all the way to Ribblehead, had a couple of gels and a drink along the way. I was still in 5th at Ribblehead but was feeling great going up Whernside and overtook a couple of women (and a few men) without feeling like working too hard. Again, cruised the descent of Whernside. In fact it was pretty slippy and my trail shoes weren’t quite up to the job so I went really steady in places. I got overtaken by Georgia at the Hill Inn checkpoint but made a conscious decision not to chase. I was starting to tire a little going up Ingleborough – this was the only part in the race where I was digging in, but continued to overtake people. I saw the 2 girls ahead of me on the out & back on Ingleborough. I felt fresher than they looked and it was temping to chase them, but if was going to trash my legs this would have been the time to do it! As it happened I overtook 3rd quite soon after the summit (she was obviously suffering) and created a gap quite quickly. I then couldn’t see anyone infront or behind me so it was easy just to jog in the last 3 miles without having to race anyone.
All in all I’m very happy with the way I raced- hard enough to achieve the desired confidence boost, but without trashing my legs. The shoes felt good, although clearly they are not fell shoes. I managed 5 gels which I tolerated well – not quite what I was aiming for but it’s difficult in a short race when starting out fully fuelled. I never felt like my energy levels were dipping.