Its the West Highland Way Race this weekend and I am very excited about it.
This will be my first time taking part in the race and my aim is to complete it in under 24hrs. Even though I have set this time I am not applying any pressure and will not be too disappointed if I go over this estimate.
The race is definately going to be the highlight of my running year, I rememeber watching a programme in 2009 about the race on The Adventure Show and thinking that these people must be insane. I had not run a marathon distance or ultra at that point. I think ive run over 80 marathon distances and 5 or 6 ultras since then, amazing how times change.
My only other experience which I can draw on for the WHW race is my 100 mile battle with Hadrian’s Wall in July 2010. I finished that in 16hrs 59mins, I remember the pain for the last 6 miles all too well! As usual though now looking back all I am left with is pride and happy memories of finishing.
So to everyone running this weekend, good luck, look after each other (and me) and start slowly
I would like to thank my support crew in advance as without the team I wouldnt be able to compete, its going to be quite an adventure for us all im sure.