Well that was horrible, I didn’t enjoy it at all.
I was physically prepared, did the 19 miles and a few 6-10 miles as well as the smaller 2-5 milers.
But I wasn’t mentally prepared!
One thing I learnt from the whole process is that, if you’re not mentally prepared for it, then it will be tough….really really tough.
The sleep deprevation is something else…..30hrs of no sleep…….
Up until we knew we had our new home I was mentally prepared, I would have easily walked it all, I was in the right place both mentally and physically. Unfortunately over the last couple of weeks I drifted away from the walk and moved my energies to our home. Friday before the big day arrived very quickly, and I really didn’t know if I was coming or going that evening. Luckily M was taking part too and helped me put together what I needed.
Saturday morning at SlimmingWorld was great, I knew I wasn’t mentally prepared, but knew I had to go ahead with it. The afternoon arrived and on my way to meet the others E, T, S & M, I could quite happily have gone right round one of the roundabouts and back home, I really didn’t want to go.
They put in a great event, a bit too much to my thinking before the race, and support from bands, fire eaters side shows for the first few miles, but not when they were needed most, the last few miles. The volunteers were amazing and supportive, but there is only so much they could do. The walkers weren’t so friendly once they started either!
I think there are things they could do better…… The side shows and encouragement throughout, not just relying on those awesome volunteers. The tent was too flash, a simple marquee would have done, with bits and pieces around, and people on stage. The warm up was far too long, it wasn’t until the 3rd out of 6 wave of walkers had gone and they said only those in the next wave should do it. Bag storage area, sit the bags on something, not straight on the grass. At the end there was nothing but a medal, and an offer of water.
The other thing I struggled with was that roads remained open for all traffic on the route, it wasn’t pleasant, especially when walkers got caught up in bottlenecks of narrow footways. To my mind the entry fee should be paying for road/lane closures for walkers to use, rather than the expensive marquee and entertainment, the bras that 70% are ill fitting (Wonderbra don’t go up to my cup size!).
I hit the wall at around 10miles, about 3/3.30am, had a blister appear which burst at around the 16/17mile mark. At the 10mile mark, T was struggling too, we kept each other going for the rets of the walk. Due to having to wait at junctions for traffic, after telling M, E & S to leave us and get what time they wanted, we got split up, only to catch up with them about a mile later due to them on a blister plaster stop. Lost M & E at another junction, but continued with T & S.
M & E finished in around 8 hours, Me, T & S was around 9 hours.
But according to Strava, I did it in about 8hrs 57hrs , 27.4 miles an average of 3.1miles per hour. We were walking from Midnight through to 10.30am. I paused the app at toilet and rest stops…..
70468steps 29.38miles on Sunday!
It’s all down to experience……one I will never repeat!