Running long 2:58:02  28.26 km (6:18 / km) +960m 5:23 / km
slept:7.5 shoes: Salomon Speed 2
Slept well. Woke up to alarm. No aches or pains lying in bed, whilst getting dressed or walking down stairs.
Had a bowl of porridge and some water. Loaded car and then drove to Wendover. Had a coffee on the drive.
Weather was dry but pretty nippy. Wore shorts, sleeveless base layer and a long sleever.
Plan was to do 3 laps of the WW course....
Set off on 1st lap and took it easy. Didnt push the downhill sections which i think I have done in the past and walked a fair amount of the hills. Legs felt good. No niggles. Remembered the route and didnt miss a turn. Stopped after 1st lap at my car to swap flasks and pick up gels. Also swapped my long sleever for a t-shirt and put on cap and sunglassses as getting very bright. 1st lap took 1hr43'.
Started 2nd lap and legs still felt okay. Putting a t-shirt on was the right decision. Wish I hadnt put a cap on - dont like how it limits upwards vision on climbs. Wont bother with that again in future. At around 22km in, I REALLY needed to go to the loo. Tried to keep running hoping the moment would pass. It didnt. Did a de-tour and ran to the loos. I will spare the details but I wasnt in a good way. Started to run back towards the course but needed to go back to the loo. I then got really cold so ran to the car and swapped my t-shirt for the long sleever again. Running was difficult though as had bad stomach cramps. Was umming and arring about whether to carry on or not. Eventually decided I would call it a day as I was in too much discomfort and there isnt really anywhere else on the course you can go to the loo if necessary.
Initially really annoyed that I wasnt able to do what was on the programme but continued to feel dreadful on the drive home so happy I had made the right decision.
Once home, had a shower and then got into bed. Stomach cramps continued until I fell asleep. Slept for an hour or so and then felt better - just a bit drained and dehydrated.
So.... I think it was the extra fuel I took on that was the issue as I woke up feeling fine and continued to do so for 2hrs of running. I had a gel at 20', 40' and then 2 medjool dates at 60' (I didnt have enough gels to last the 3 laps). I then repeated this for the 2nd hour. By 2hr20' I was feeling ropey so didnt have anything more to 'eat', I just sipped on fluid. Drink wise I drank about 500-750ml of tailwind over the 3hrs I did do and 500-750ml of water. I have had dates before with no issues and I only had 4 so not convinced it was the dates themselves. More likely the extra 30g of carbs.