Route50 miles along the Leeds to Liverpool canal as I can't afford to enter any more events! No nav required so this was an easy day out and good for concentrating on the running itself without breaks.
I actually left my waterproof coat/compass by my front door, but I checked with the 'Race Director' and he said it was fine! Carried 1.5lt water/rehydration, waterproof trousers, first aid kit, food, snacks, whistle, map, even an emergency bivvy (which never leaves my kit bag) , spare thermal top...just in case and good to put on at the end, phone and spare cash.
Start -home - my route from home is the same distance as from the start of the canal (Leeds) so I picked it up at the same mile marker at 1 1/4 miles along.
CP1 26.25miles for lunch - using the milestones this was a good encouragement along the way - this conveniently is situated next to the Polish War Memorial where there is a bench.- with a spot of history thrown in (On September 23rd 1943 the Polish crew of Wellington bomber HZ251 crashed on the banks of the canal with no survivors on a training mission.). The 26.25 marker is whitewashed and just past the memorial so had to take a picture of the 24.25 one on way back.
CP2 36.3miles Café at Five Rise locks - perfect spot on way back and could be used on the way out as well as an additional CP/stop.
Finish 50miles - my watch ran out of battery 0.4miles from the end! So switched to Strava for a final finish which felt like a sprint but was 9+mins average pace.
Overall time 8hr46.59 with an extra 15mins or so spent at CP's. 5mins lunch / 10mins at café.
Outgoing marathon time was 4.08 so the return was really slowed down, as this was new territory, I didn't push at all on the last 20 miles as this was an exercise regards completion.
Drink and food:
- Large bag of trail mix, nuts varied and raisins -added salt - every 30 mins up to 28miles
- 2 bananas
- 2 slices malt loaf
- 2 sandwiches - brown bread/ham/jam
- 1500ml Zero tab Re-hydration drink
- 1 can 7up
- 1 can Coke
- 1 cup coffee/milk /sugar
- 1 banana milkshake
- Struggled to eat trail mix after about 28 miles; as well as eating on the run later on, so had to slow to a walk and eat.
- Keep drinking - little and often
- Keep an eye out for narrow boats selling drinks and snacks along route...very handy.
- Work on core strength
- More back to back runs required for endurance especially in the second half.
- 50 miles is tough