Today I really didn’t want another very long day and was relieved that my quad felt less painful. The three of us walked for a good 10 miles together today – which was really nice as Justin’s been so far ahead of us recently with me walking I’ve hardly seen him. Justin has been struggling with a little niggle in his hamstring and sore foot tendon so was taking it easy. Also today on the trail we were walking through part of a private property that Mike had agreed was ok with the owners, the Harfords – and we came across the owner Jake and his son so it was good to meet them. The landscape of the last couple of days has been very different to East Washington, hardly any trees but some great views across plains and ranches. I really enjoyed today as felt a lot better and managed some light jogging, finishing in just over 10 hours – a massive difference over the last couple of days in terms of recovery time and rest. I have a slightly tight right hamstring but hope to do some more jogging tomorrow; blisters permitting. We’ve been rained on 10 days of 11 so far; maybe tomorrow will be drier… though I know it’ll not be long before I’m longing for this cool weather with showers. Having dragged myself through the last few days with this quad I’m now feeling much more positive – and as it’s day 12 tomorrow I think I can see a point coming soon when I start running again and this has started to become fun again (yes fun!)
For the second time in two days I’m going to bed with a Reeses McFlurry, don’t judge me until you’ve walked/jogged 40 miles in my wet trainers. Today I think we passed the 400 mile marker (though have yet to update my spreadsheet…) just one more day in Washington and then on Monday we pass into Idaho [work colleagues, Bradley family and Bev get ready to move my pin to the border on the map!]
One other thing – the last few days have been the most testing I’ve ever had but I’ve been really cheered and encouraged by the messages of support; both here and on facebook. Thank you all – I don’t have time to reply to all but want you to know how much it’s been driving me on in the dark moments to know you’re all rooting for me and willing me on! I’m definitely giving this my best, promise.
Time until next raceAddo Elephant Trail 100 Mile RunFebruary 26th, 2016100 miles through the Zuurberg Mountains in SA's 3rd largest national park with the Big 7 roaming...
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