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So the morning after the day before!
My first DNF since I started running, I knew it was coming sometime soon, but I didn’t think it would be this way!
Going into the GUCR, training had gone really well, mileage was up, legs were feeling great and my nutrition was planned to the tee.
At the start line, tension was building, a small race brief by the organiser and away we went! 25th Anniversary of the GUCR has started!
The first few miles flew by, slight bit of nausea within the first 20 miles but nothing more, hitting a marathon within 4.30 and well inside the cut offs!
The heat turned up and the sun cream came out, turned my running into a 10 minute run, 10 minute walk to save energy for when it cooled down, worked perfectly.
Didn’t loose much time and was playing cat and mouse with a few runners which made it a little bit less boring along the canal but the ice cream was good!
4pm came round and the cooler air kicked in meaning I could up the run a little, it worked perfect, went to a run 20, walk 10 minutes, felt great!
Moving along swiftly now, 50 miles hit in 9 hours 30 and very happy with the pace.
As I left a checkpoint I rang Ashleigh to see how they were doing, as they were travelling up, I explained things were going really well and I had got back into the swing of things with my running!
Once I had got off the phone, I got back into my 20/10 schedule, unfortunately not long after this where the ground changed from one thing to another, I kicked a rock which caused my foot to trail underneath me, and caused unbelievable pain up my shin, from here on in a death march was the only way, as I continued the pain became worse, a small amount of swelling began and my toes were feeling a little numb which I knew wasn’t a good sign!
Ringing Ashleigh again, I told her the news, and that I would be sitting down when I saw her around 62 miles to check and ice it!
By the time I got there the pain was incredible, shooting pain up my leg, I knew then my race was over.
Kind people at 62 let me borrow their chair and ice spray but with no use to my foot!
My first DNF ever and I’m still coming to terms with it! I will heel and come back stronger for the KACR!