The Deer Runner

The Deer Runner

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Still bumbling along

A quick update.

My running is still erratic with no structure.  Last week I completed one run, hardly an ideal lead up to the Great Glen.  Okay, it was my usual mid week marathon run home but it turned out to be a real stinker.
After a breathless and tired run along the disused railway, I hit the uphill section and completely ran out of energy.  It was a slow shuffle / walk home, I've had stronger finishes to ultras.  In fact, I think it was the longest time I've ever taken to cover 26 miles.

At the weekend, it was time for me to give something back to the West Highland Way Race.  By The Way hostel and camp site in Tyndrum was my overnight stay for the Friday night as I volunteered to marshal at Bienglas Farm on Saturday.

It was an early start where we all quickly became midge food.  Bienglas Farm is a checkpoint where support crews are anxious to meet their runners after the loch side section.  Almost two hundred runners require two hundred support crew complete with vehicles.  This is where Mike and I would step in, guiding the support vehicles in and out the designated field.  Sounds easy?  This was really stressful guiding and pointing vehicles in the right direction.  It was a pleasure meeting and working with Mike who also happens to be running the Great Glen Ultra.  All went smoothly with our task, all the support crews were nice, some offering food and drink throughout the day.  After things calmed down we made our way to the checkpoint, it was good to see some runners come through and then the sweepers.  It was time to close the checkpoint, after giving John and Helen a hand to pack up I headed home.

I have a lot to do.  I am not organised for the Great Glen yet.  I still have to read the race briefing and organise my drop bags.  My mind is not in ultra race mode yet and this is a worry, I must complete this race to turn my 2014 ultra season around.  I'll post again in the next few days.

Week ending 22nd June.  Wed 26.  Weekly total 26 miles.  

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