Location: The Sands Recreation Ground, Farnham, UK
CPs: Regular CPs @ every 3 miles. Water, squash + snacks + cake. Some with cool down sponges
Weather: Needed a light jacket + gloves at start, but overall excellent weather
Start Time: Full Marathoners = 09:30; TyreGirl start time = 08:30
Finish: Support around the course is withdrawn from 4pm.
Total Time: 07:54:41
Post Runner Recovery: Medal, t-shirt + cake
Water + supplies carried: 3 breakfast bars + sandwich + water bottle
I tried to think of peaceful thoughts, but the mind was skipping, jumping and diving into the project I was on. I went on short 5-10 mile runs to hopefully tire the body, however the mind was stronger. I tried holding tension in my body and then relaxing from my feet upwards. This normally works, but alas my mind slapped away any idea of sleep. I thought deep breathing would help....I later found out that was energising my body - delivers more oxygen. For 2 weeks I would have to get up and work the night, investigating subject matter so that my mind could move on. It was more constructive than worrying if I was going to fall asleep. A couple of hours rest before getting up to work would have to suffice. In the week before the Pilgrams, I managed to have one night of 4 hours and felt I had achieved a break through. Alas this was only for one night. I would spend the rest of the nights tossing and turning, getting up to write down thoughts......well who needs sleep!
The night before the Pilgrams was no exception with a gain of about 2 hours of sleep. I got up eagerly looking forward to the Pilgrams knowing (and hoping) it would physically exhaust me.
Any thoughts of tiredness left me as nerves gathered and the adrenaline began to pump thru.
As the monk led me through the small country lane, the lane seemed fairly busy with cars. With all the "rubber-necking" I chuckled at what the drivers must have been thinking.....a monk on a bike followed by a gal with a lizard hauling a tyre.
However after about a mile I was glad to be left on the North Downs Way and the monk to return to the start so that I could have a quick quiet "wee". I had about 1/2 an hour more before the "hounds" would be released.
About under a mile away from the finish line, she was heading back to the car park. We saw each other and waved acknowledgement. As I struggled up the road, Donna decided to run with me.
"Darn" I thought as I had thought about walking up. Donna encouraged me and decided to talk to me. I could only respond with one word answers as I worked hard to get Reu up the hill. Heading into the final approach, I saw my mother (this is another first) and so decided to put on a show for her. Had to put on a final sprint with Donna to pace me into the finish with a warm welcome from the Pilgram marshals.
Thanks mum for coming, Donna for making me work harder, and all the amazing marshals for their support, grand welcome back and the £41.54 donated to Earthwatch.
Also thanks to Gareth for the invite back to Richmond Park Marathon. I will be there in May 2015 :)
That night the insomnia spell was broken. I entered into the magic sleep world and slept 8 full hours. Thank you Pilgrams for letting me be on your course.
Next write up - Gandy Dancer Marathon and a fire tyre