How to enjoy a 20 mile run more

1 Do it off road in daylight

2 Do it somewhere you’ve NEVER been before!

3 Take your time and enjoy it

4 Stop and take photos of red kites

5 Eat your fave snacks along the way

Yours truly, truly ready for The Coastal Challenge, on my last 20 miler (whoops, 23 miler...)
Yours truly, truly ready for The Coastal Challenge, on my last 20 miler (whoops, 23 miler…)

This Sunday I had my final super-long run on my Rory Coleman training plan for The Coastal Challenge 6 marathons in 6 days that I’m doing in Costa Rica in less than 2 weeks! Very excited/scared now, started packing this weekend, will share that in another blog post…(Taking LOADS of delicious Honey Stinger gels, waffles, and protein and energy bars!)

I wanted to make it special, away from my usual local 10 mile laps round endless muddy fields, but I didn’t want to waste 4 hours in a car getting to and from the Norfolk Coast or Peak District. So I got the map out to explore more of the Jurassic Way National Trail around the Fineshade/Wakely Wood area about 20mins from where I live.

Why have I never been here before? It's lovely!
Why have I never been here before? It’s lovely!

The beautiful weather definitely helped, it was still bloomin’ muddy, but I discovered a really excitingly hilly, grassy, stunning part of Northamptonshire/Rutland that I wish I’d found sooner. I would have done all my 20 milers out this way!

I put no pressure on myself, I just wanted to enjoy my final 20 miler and relish being outside on such a delicious day, which was just as well as I had to stop a fair few times to check the map and I were agreeing with each other. I took food to make it all the more agreeable. And my iPod in case the bird song ran out.

The absolute highlight was discovering a great big hill (on an East Midlands scale!) where at the top about 5-6 red kites were circling about. This was especially brilliant as sadly a family member who recently passed away had said this was his favourite flying thing, so I took a moment to photograph them in his memory and think about what a good taste in birds he had!

Red Kites from an actual hill! Circling! Beautiful, I stopped to watch them
Red Kites from an actual hill! Circling! Beautiful, I stopped to watch them

Don’t get me wrong, there were tough times – mainly I think because I kept having to stop and squint at my tiny map, must remember to print a more zoomed in version next time, oh yes, and because I was hung over! Whoops, don’t tell Rory, I may have had 5 beers and a helluva lot of chocolate on Sat eve as we had friends round and I lost all self control…

Sort of making up for it though, this new planned route actually turned out to be 23 miles, so that was a bit extra burned. Rory won’t be happy at me for not sticking to the plan, but thankfully I felt strong and ready to run on even then. Today I feel like I could definitely run again. I also feel like I could eat a horse and the rider too, but more on my target weight later. I was 57.5kg on Sat morning, a kg heavier now, and I’ve vowed I’m not getting on that plane until I weigh 57kg, so back to the veg pots it is…

Try these, left over from last night's dinner, veg pots (add a bit o'gravy for even more taste) and eat with soup for lunch, magic, and low fat/calorie and high in all things good! Rockin'
Try these, left over from last night’s dinner, veg pots (add a bit o’gravy for even more taste) and eat with soup for lunch, magic, and low fat/calorie and high in all things good! Rockin’
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