Friday, 10 March 2017
I think I've got everything. Frankly, if I haven't it's too late now!
Following everyone's advice, The Kit consists of:
1. x2 pairs of running shoes, (Fell and Trail)
2. Shorts (with zip pocket at the back- this is meant for keys but mine will be housing a small family of jelly babies who may not live to see the end of the race. Their brave sacrifice will be duly honoured)
3. Long leggings (ditto zip pocket)
4. 3/4 length leggings (also with zip pocket)
5. Waterproof (from Ultimate Direction, extremely light, breathable and with properly sealed seams. Probably more than I'll need but I'm erring on the side of caution)
6. Vest top
7. Short-sleeved T
8. Long sleeved T
9. Thermal T
10. Race Number (and the all important x4 safety pins!)
11. Pack of Jelly Babies
13. Patella Bands
Needless to say I won't be wearing all of this :o) At the mo the forecast is for mild weather with a few rain showers, so it'll likely be shorts or 3/4 leggings with a t-shirt and waterproof just-in-case. I'm thinking Fell shoes, because the fields here are very soggy and I don't fancy slipping off any cliffs! Thoughts from the runners among you please? There is some road, but most of it is off road. And I do love my Fell Shoes :o)
M is under strict instructions as regards recording the start (with around 2000 people taking part all crammed into the seafront it's quite a spectacle) and taking some photos to illustrate the race. He is Most Amused about the specific nature of the instructions but having experienced his videos before I am taking no chances. He keeps asking me whether I want an Interesting And Knowledgeable Voice over. I have said no, but I am very much afraid that he will do it anyway.
The boys are aware they need to get up/ be hoiked out of bed in time to leave by 7 (L: What? on a Sunday?), and that they'll be out on the seafront to see me off and back again, regardless of the weather (L, with a mixture of hope and suspicion: Exactly how close is that to the cafe?), and the dogs know they are on Guard Duty at home.
There have been various manifestations of encouragement from friends. The nature of this divides broadly according to whether they are male or female. Shauna sent me a lovely encouraging email; Jo sent me some special muscle-recovery gel; M's friend Rob keeps teasing me about getting to Branscombe (4 miles in and where the Cub divides from the Grizzly) and deciding to run the Grizzly instead (at 20 miles and through various bogs he clearly has a higher opinion of my fitness than I do, either that or he's suffering from running-induced delirium); Lovely Matt has regailed us with stories of the first time he ran the race a few years back when he made himself so sick with nerves beforehand by looking at youtube videos he almost didn't run it, and Mike has said if he can run it, anyone can. Several of my friends have said I am mad, but I'm more than used to that :o)
Other than that there isn't much more to say. I ran a gentle three miles on Wednesday and had the last Physio session that afternoon and, apart from a few aches and pains, The Knees have been given the all-clear to run, so, baring any last-minute sick children or other disasters over which I have no control, we're all set to go.
I will report back afterwards....
Wishing you all a great weekend, whatever you are doing,