For those who do not know, this race is classed as the most gruelling ultra in the UK.... Non-stop, 268 mile winter mountain marathon encompassing the entire Pennine Way. Widely recognised as the most demanding National Trail in Britain, the Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.
And all of this is being done in the middle of winter Distance: 268 miles
Highest Point: 893m
Time: 7 Days, non-stop
When: 11-18 Jan 2014 .
Well that was the crazy idea back in October and now reality comes to bite me.
Apart from a disastrous round of Wii dance over Christmas, training up till then had been good - I took the challenge set by my daughter & friends and ended up popping my left knee medial meniscus out to much explicit comments, managing to pop it back in after 30mins of sitting on the floor thinking SHIT SHIT SHIT.
How can a person who can run ultras and mountain marathons do his bloody knee while frigging dancing, that's what I want to know? Tapering has therefore been easy, it just meant sitting back and eating and eating and eating...
This week has been about racing around sorting out kit and going through many emotions...
It's ok to be nervous, scared, excited & confident all in one, right????
For those who know me, I go through a race route with a fine tooth comb and put strategies in place, well this time my only strategy is to finish it, too many unknowns so strategies will be made up as I go alone the route.
KIT - Got that covered
FITNESS - Got that covered
FOOD - definitely got that covered
NAVIGATION - Got that covered
SLEEP - Hopefully
BRAIN / MIND - The last time I checked it was still there - but my family and friends think that I've lost it!!!!!!
I'm in Edale know sorting myself out for Saturdays off so until next week - with a finish ;)))