I was planning to run the 42km along the Great North Walk trail back to Brooklyn to check it out before the Trotters trail run I am organising along the same course in two weeks time. The trail has a reputation for being gnarly, with lots technical single track, and I wasn't in a hurry, so hoped to finish in six to seven hours. It took me over nine!
Going off course at one point cost me 20-30 minutes, and I was nursing my right heel on the descents, but that doesn't explain the delay.
I have a well-earned reputation for not carry fluids when I run. I do find I don't drink nearly as much as other runners, but know that on hot and humid days even I need to do some drinking. I thought I was addressing the need by carrying a litre of watered-down Powerade in my new Salomon pack, knowing that water was also available at several points along the track, and maybe even a store.
|Berowra Water in the background|
I was a happy man when I got back to my car, though unhappy that it had taken me all day. The right heel that has been bothering me, was sore, but it always is at this distance these days. I'm hopeful that I haven't made it worse. Next time it's hot, more fluids!