With the TR24 a week behind me it is time to look back and see what lessons I can learn for the future.
- I only ran 43 miles – Boy was I fed up when rain stopped play just 7 laps in. Soaked to the skin and fairly sure that 10 hours in to a 24 hour event I wouldn’t be carrying on I felt like I had failed. I had only run 43 miles. Over the next day or so that line kept making me smile. It is pretty cool to be fit enough to see running 43 miles as ‘only’.
- I need decent kit – One of the things I love about running is that all you need is a cheap wicking T-shirt, a pair of shorts and some running shoes and off you go. I have a cheap rain jacket in case I get caught in a downpour and a cheap head torch that gives enough light for the familiar trails of the South Downs. This wasn’t enough for a 24 hour running event in such difficult weather. I just about got away with my not very waterproof jacket on the SDW50 but this year I think I will need to invest in a proper waterproof running jacket. Head torches that light up the path can costs hundreds of pounds but a decent flashlight next to nothing. I will practice with a handheld and see how I get on.
- I need to lose weight – I suspected this was true at the time – a bit too much wobble, but only confirmed it when I got home and hopped on the scales. A combination of injury, tapering and baking has left me a stone heavier in a little over the month. I have a couple of stone to shift to get me to racing weight. This should make a huge difference in keeping on my feet and avoiding injury. Carrying extra weight is the quickest way to get fatigued.
- This is what I do for fun – If I’m not smiling something isn’t working.
I’m looking forward to next years event. Now that I have tried it once I am sure I can go back and go all night.
- 10 things I’ve learnt as a very inexperienced runner (runsparrowrun.wordpress.com)
- 26.2 Lessons that I have learned (irun-california.com)