Four jam sandwiches, 2 mini sausage rolls, 8 jelly babies, 500 metres of climb, 1 litre of water and 3:39 hours later, I'd run twenty miles.
I would like to say that this makes the prospect of running 26.2 miles less of a big deal. It doesn't. I know I did a ten mile race yesterday and so running twenty today shows how my endurance capacity has improved, because even a month ago I would not have been able to cover thirty miles back-to-back in two days, but It was still a long old way today. I made it more difficult for myself because today's route was pretty hilly, but my mantra (learnt from M) is train hard, race easy and I stick to that. My marathon will have about half the elevation gain over a longer distance, so it will be much easier running, if a marathon can ever be described as easy.
I can now look forward to at least 48 hours of stuffing myself with food. Learning from last week, when I got back from the run I went to the shops and stocked up on lots of good things to eat. Pasta salads, coleslaw, bean salads, fresh pasta, cream, smoked salmon, lots of fresh veg and crisp apples and the odd bar of chocolate. Chiefly, though, I am looking forward to this....
Mmmm. A slightly battered salted caramel donut. My stomach won't notice the lack of perfection I'm sure :o)
Hope all are well? I'm now having a couple of days off to recharge the batteries, eat and sleep.