As this was my 7thHighland Fling and 22nd ultra overall I would like to think I’m getting most things right by now! But there are always things to learn and relearn so I like to write things down before I forget.
I’m sure there is a lot to learn from just these 5 runners so here are a few that stood out to me. Lorna reached Drymen 4th of this group (120th overall) and fastest to Tyndrum. Her final split of 2:23:11 was 53rd best overall (she finished 65th). So she had a nett gain of 55 places from Drymen to Tyndrum. She ran a very sensible race.
Andy Cole let me go at about 6miles and was 2mins behind me at Drymen but finished 8mins ahead at the end. He knows his strengths and saves himself for the run from Rowardennan to Beinglas where he was 39th fastest. Very impressive for a 64yr old!! Andy gained a very impressive 86 places.
As suspected my best sections were Drymen to Rowardennan (62nd) and Rowardennan to Beinglas Farm (68th) but I started to slow on the last leg were I was 107th fastest. Not a disaster but enough to mean I missed out on my sub 10hrs.
The regret I have with the race was that I couldn’t stay with Andy and then Lorna as they went on to run under 10hrs. Or should I have stayed with Andy to Drymen or should I have followed Stuart’s advice and been there 10mins faster??
5 Belgian white chocolate coated strawberries (really tasty!)
Mashed sweet potato – went down well but forgot spoon so made a bit of a mess eating it!
Few mixed nuts – really struggled to eat many as my mouth was dry
Rowardennan to Inversnaid
1 pot of rice pudding
1 small soreen bar – only managed a couple of small bites
5 jelly babies
Inversnaid to Beinglas Farm
2-3 spoon fulls of baked beans – couldn’t manage any more
500ml of flat coke – excellent and I realy felt it kicking in
Beinglas Farm to Tyndrum
1 Fruit pot
500ml of flat coke – sipped this over the a few miles
1 packed of Clif Shot Bloks – took one every 30mins or so
I also drank about 2.5litres of water and took a succeed tablet every 90mins.
I’m really happy with what I wear now so a quick summary from head to toe …
Buff – life saver. Wore it early on as it was cold and I like to keep my ears warm. Later on when it was hot I love to dip it in any stream I pass and pour it on my head to keep cool.
T-shirt – I wore a short sleeved t-shirt and long sleeved to start (plus jacket for first hour). Took off long sleveed top and gloves at Drymen. Felt just right all day.
Watches – Really pleased with the Suunto Ambit. Easy to read while running. I kept it on the lap screen the whole day. Also wore my ordinary stop watch as a back up. I keep this one on overall time so I can see how I’m doing on the main legs.
Shorts- I wore my skins and favourite shorts with deep pockets for carrying head cam etc.
Socks – Drymax – really impressed with these. This is the longest run I’ve done in them and no problems at all. The track was wet and muddy in places and I did get wet feet but they dried off very quickly and I finished with no blisters. Result. The only part of my foot that hurt a bit was my little toe on my left foot but that’s due to a narly toe nail. I need to get some industrial strength nail clippers to trim it down!
Rucksack – North Face pack – I didn’t carry much in it but it feels more comfortable than a bumbag as it doesn’t push against my stomach.
So lots of things went right which resulted in a decent run. I have a few things to work on for the whw race in June. I’m going to rework my training which I’ll report on next.