How D’ya Like Them Apples?

Posted on: 22 Aug 2021

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294851Hey Runsters!

The day: Saturday. The target: 18 miles.

Off the back of a week’s break with family and with cake & coffee very much oozing from every pore I can’t pretend I wasn’t a little apprehensive about this one.

I was very nervous and my friend with me (also running the marathon) has been plagued with injuries. So not a great start to a long run and at 4.38 miles it very nearly came unravelled. My legs had turned to jelly, I felt a bit dizzy and had an overwhelming urge to stop….which I did. Fortunately, a five minute break, an earlier than planned gel sachet, a gulp of water and some deep breaths saw me back on the road (well, canal path). I think it was ‘merely’ anxiety but unpleasant nonetheless.

Despite intermittent rain it was a very warm and hard run and the 18 mile target seemed unattainable for most of it. However, at around 15 miles I was overcome by a huge sense of calm and belief won the battle over doubt. Don’t get me wrong, it was not easy at any point but at 15 miles I ‘knew’ I could keep my head down and reach my goal. Not just reach it but surpass it with a final distance of 19.3 miles covered in 4hrs 40mins.

With just 0.7 miles between me and 20 miles it would be easy to kick oneself about not pushing to the next milestone…..but I won’t.

20 miles will keep for another week.

Musical highlights keeping this tubster rolling along across the miles were:

Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack

Juliet Bravo Tv Theme Tune - Derek Goom (yes really).

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https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-smullen

Keep on running!

Andy

Tubbyrunster (Insta & Faceache)

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