Friday 7 July, 07:00
16C – 20C, fairly warm and some sunshine. A 17.4 mile run along the route of the Exterminator race, to check the route I’ve plotted and see how it feels.
Managed to navigate almost all of it without reference to phone or watch, it seemed familiar from the recce runs I’ve done this week. About 10.5 miles in a triple whammy; phone died as I tried to check a turning; turned left ankle but no damage; full sunshine started and it got very hot. Took a wrong turn between CP8 and CP9, wasted a few hundred yards/ 5 minutes wandering.
Drank 1 litre of water and 2 gels. Could have done with more water, will consider using a bladder for these longer summer runs instead of just relying on the Salomon collapsible bottles.
Right heel hurt a bit in the second half. Had a niggle in right knee, most notable when climbing after CP8 Grindleford. Both feet hurt a bit. Lower left back niggled a bit due to the descents I think. Might be easier to say what wasn’t aching or hurting!
Tired a lot, but got a surprising boost of energy when I realised I could finish in under 4 hours and decided to push on. In race conditions, with adrenaline and more urgency to push on I can knock time off. Overall, this felt like I’d run a marathon, it was that tough with the climbing and heat.
Need to check if there’s a better route just before CP3, going round Higger Tor instead of climbing over it. Did find a (new to me) steep ‘short-cut’ between CP1 and CP2 🙂
Distance: 17.38 miles
Avg pace: 13:12 min/mile
Elevation gain: 3454ft
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia