So it was with some trepidation that I headed out at 7am yesterday morning with my camelbak securely fastened to my back with enough fluids to last 4 hours. Simone wasn't able to join me on this run as she had a crazy busy Saturday planned with family activities.
I decided to pick a fairly challenging course which is a different approach to previous years when I tended to find an enjoyable easy training course. I think picking a more challenging course will only be of benefit on the day of the 50km.
The first 18 km flew by in 2 hours and then the coastal walkway slowed me down significantly. I headed up hills, steps, ran along beaches and roads stopping at a dairy to buy some additional water as the fluids I thought might last me, didn't. The third hour signalled 25.5 kms and as I headed in to the fourth hour I slowed even more. My legs were tired - I was hungry but didn't feel like eating. I really need to nail the nutrition in readiness for the big day as food and water play a major part in the training plan.
I finally arrived home at 11am - 4 hours after I had left - although actual running time was 3.45 as I had stopped off for traffic lights and buying water along the way etc. I had completed 30.5 kms which I was happy with given the challenging terrain. Goodness knows how long the 50km will take as I had slowed more and more with each passing hour!