I’ve actually reached over half way in my schedule, which is a bit scary. I know there are still 9 weeks to go but the last three of those are supposed to be for ’tapering’ down and resting up before the big day. Plus I’ve got two half marathon race weekends which I’d signed up for before I knew I’d be doing this so that only gives me 4 more very long runs. Shit!
But at least I’m up to (nearly) 18 miles. Although it could have been a little bit more if the weather on Sunday hadn’t drastically turned from dry to freeeeezing sleet. I was attempting to run from my place in Liverpool to my sister’s in Warrington. That, according to google maps, is about 20 miles if you circumvent the motorway. It was ambitious but I figured I could walk the last mile or so as a cool down and it felt a bit more of a motivation to have a destination, rather than going around in loops.
It started off well, a bit smelly around some of the industrial bits but Hale village was very pretty with its thatched roofs and sculpted gardens. However, I managed to get a bit lost in a couple of places, which slowed me down and then sometimes the path disappeared and I had to backtrack and find ways of crossing a main road to pick it up again. Still it felt great to have a definite direction. Even though the first spats of rain started falling as I headed into Widnes I was, in a roundabout way, enjoying myself. I nearly got as far as Warrington Bank Quay station but I’d gotten to a point of saturation that meant that I needed to dive into the first open indoor place I could see which turned out to be a very rough looking pub called The Sloop Inn. The landlady was lovely and let me sit and drip onto the beer stained seats without buying a drink while I called my brother in law to pick me up.
My app said 17.9 miles. Kind of frustrating in a way as I had the legs to go another mile or so. But it shows that I am definitely getting a bit stronger. Legs felt fine by the evening and I could manage a good two and a half glasses of wine without keeling over. So I think I’m back on track.