We started off near the top of the chilly mountain from yesterday and had a long run downhill, with the wind mainly behind and threatening clouds that came to little all day. Today was the first crewing gig for Mike’s Aunt Margaret who has flown in from San Jose to help us out. She was great – always there every 8 miles so that Justin and I could get water and re-fuel; enabling Heidi to crew for Mike – who was having a much better day and moving quite well. I was delighted to be running pretty comfortably again and finished within the same hour as Justin (me 7:56, Justin 7:10 and Mike was in under 9 – all good times!).
Not a massive amount to say about the run – it was 42 miles on the same road with one small turn (though actually remaining on the same road!) and I believe we’re back again on the same, US-12 East, tomorrow. It’s certainly not my least favourite highway though (that’s still either MT-200 or WA-507) as it has a large shoulder and decent surface – plus the drivers pull over well, when they can.
Another good day – though not to say it’s easy! I’ve a few blisters from the last couple of days that I need to be careful with and my calves and hamstrings are tight; but ok to run slowly on and get better as they warm up. It looks like this great period of cool running weather is about to end as Montana is forecast to be up into the high 80s by Thursday; warming up tomorrow. I am not looking forward to the heat but to have managed a quarter of the trip in relatively mild temperatures is a great relief!
If you’ve made it here through my recent interview on BBC World Service – Hello! Apologies but the baking has taken a bit of a back seat recently (I usually bake for cross country matches and other running events with my club Serpentine but I’ve left my recipe books back in my kitchen in London).