I set off still feeling a little tired from racing the Haigh Hall 4 mile hill race on Wed night.
I finished 11th after fading on the final downhill and losing a place.
Anyway back to today's long run, the sun came out and burned the clouds away, I was running without water or energy gels and in hindsight maybe I should have hidden a bottle out on the route.
Stony Lane, Hunters Hill, Parbold, Ashurst Beacon, Fairy Glen and Harrock Hill were some of the hills on my trek. After 2 hours i started feeling a bit weak and dizzy, but I pushed on through.
After climbing up over the fields I make my way onto the top road, an Irish women and her daughter shout to me to stop, "hey there Boy," the mother say's, "Oh he's not a boy but a man, sorry, can you give directions to Parbold please" ? The daughter says.
I stare at them with a deeply fatigued blank expression, I think 'did she just call me a boy or did she say old boy!!!
I point them in the right direction and shuffle on my weary way.
before the ruins of the old windmill at Harrock Hill a young lad flew past in the opposite direction, we said a friendly hello as we passed.
On to Hunters Hill for the second and last time, half way up, all my energy drained away, my throat went so dry I thought it might catch fire, I started to feel very light headed and the next thing, 'Oh my God' I had stopped running and was now walking!!!
Just at that moment the lad I had seen before came running down the hill with a smile on his face [ which kind of said, can't handle the hills then eh]!
Dam, how embarrassing, at 2 hours and 45 mins through dehydration and low blood sugar 'RicksRunning' fails at the 7th climb :[
Oh well, we live and learn and sometimes forget :]
Long run with 7 climbs = 3.00
Points for humiliation; MAX *****
easy with Tess =30 mins
easy run over the sandhills with Tess = 1.03
Haigh Hall Hill Race 4 miles
11th place 23.37