To cut a long story short I started my training in earnest in the Christmas holidays averaging 100 miles or so a month. These miles generally consisted of long slow runs mixed in with a lot of hill work and back to back runs, with a few faster 10K runs thrown in the mix. After speaking to many other Waller’s on Facebook I realised that my mileage seemed wholly inadequate – most were doing in excess of 200 miles a month!! At times I certainly had my doubts whether I’d be able to do this but onwards and upwards.
Before I knew it WALL WEEKEND was upon me and I was up in Carlisle registering and collecting my number and chip on the Friday evening. It was going to be an early start Saturday so off to Nando’s for a last minute feast and then back to hotel for some much needed sleep – NOT!! Slept for all of 5 minutes, absolutely buzzing and full of adrenaline – get me to that start line.
Go to the start at Carlisle Castle in plenty of time and just soaked upthe atmosphere. There were in excess of 400 runners in the Expert 1 day category and you could slice tension/nervous energy with a butter knife.
I slowed a fair bit on this section what with the hills and the extreme heat – by mile 27 I had gone through in excess of 4 litres and had to run the last 5 miles into Vindolanda with no water. But I still arived at Vindolanda with a huge smile on my face in a time of 5 ½ hours – so well happy. Took my time here (45 mins) to refuel and get my injuries from the fall sorted. Also ensured I was carrying an extra couple of bottles of water – just in case. Fed and watered off I went again and straight onto what I can only describe as that B#####D hill!! Vertical climbing, on my hands and toes pulling myself up bit by bit.
A big thank you to all the BRC members who kept me going with their messages of support on the day. They truly were invaluable.