Now that the miles are being increased, new problems are arriving.
4. lemon and lime gels*
5. is the Lucozade Sport in the fridge?**
For the last two weeks I've hit problems around the 12 miles mark. Basically sheer exhaustion and my body refusing to go any further. Yes, I have forgotten how bloody hard this is.
Gill and I also made the mistake of running Victoria Park parkrun on Saturday morning - a day before our 'big run' on Sunday. We lined up beside Irish Olympian Paul Pollock who was aiming to smash the course record of 15:01. When I say we 'lined up beside him', the next we saw him again was when he lapped us after one lap as he was completing his second lap. Anyway, he didn't break the record***.
Sunday saw us incorporating a new route into our 15 mile run. We set off from home, down the Newtownards Road and through the newly opened Greenway through to a few laps of Victoria Park, down Airport Road, Kinnegar, Seapark and back home through Holywood, WhiteCity, Old Holywood Road, and Outer Ring.
It was a very tough run. I also developed blisters on my feet at about 12 miles so need to sort that out pretty quickly. I finished it in pain and asked myself how the hell can I get to 26.2 miles. I need to dig deep, push through the pain and just get it done.
Apologies to anyone who saw the row with Gill at 13 miles over whether the Lucozade Sport was in the fridge or not for after our run. Tired minds and bodies - lol.
Sponsorship is sitting at £828 as I type this so hoping for a big push again to get over the half way mark. Thanks for all your support both in terms of sponsorship and motivation. You can still donate here
We booked our flights last week for the four of us so we plan to make a weekend of it in London. Feels very real now with flights booked and only 40 days to go.
Running around Belfast on Sunday I was thinking in 40 days time I'll be swapping Titanic Belfast and Sam Thompson Bridge for Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge.
* Grant - you are right. Lemon and Lime gels make you want to throw up.
** The bottles weren't in the fridge, but I'd like to thank Gill for buying them anyway
*** 15:22 still ain't bad Paul