• Tom Crossland

Day 29 - The privilege of a lumpy bimble

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

East Wallhouses - Birdoswold 50.4 km (1062.9 km done)

Start Time - 8.16 am

Finish Time - 5.45 pm

Moving time - 7 hours 41 mins

Vertical Gain - 1088 m

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 25 C

Min - 17 C

Max - 34 C

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As days go, that was a bit of lumpy bimble. That did, however give me more time to appreciate the landscape I was running (or at least 70% of the time walking) through and also gave me time to think. It is strange to think that this is the first full trail day I have had since starting the run. Every other day there has been a significant portion of the day on road or pavement. At the start, Military road ran alongside the Hadrians Wall Footpath for a good 16 km, but once the path and the road diverged it was very peaceful and a wonderful day to be out on the trails.

I started the day feeling a bot fatigued and sleeping, but by the end of the day I felt rejuvenated, I am sure this has got to be to do with the landscape (at least a little bit). There is something for me about moving through a less inhabited landscape, whether that be desert, mountains, moorland, farmland, or woodland, that is special.. In a way a city isn't for me. Today, after yesterdays big marker, has definitely recharged my soul. It was just the day I needed, I think if I would have found today tough if I had been moving through an urban environment.

I also got to briefly run with Dave, someone who heard about the run through TRIBE and came to join me on Hadrians Wall. When we met he said it was a privilege to be able to run with me, and I (as usual) said I was just out here for a bimble, almost to dismiss the compliment. He is not the first person to say this. I've said before I am very much aware of every step I am taking and the personal challenge I have taken on. I do not feel any different to when I was running laps of my house for a virtual ultra. I am still struggling with people feeling it is a privilege to run with me, I feel privileged that they have chosen to use some of their time to come and support me. This is something we can never get back, once that time has gone there is no do over, there is no way to get it back. That to me is a privilege. I think it is really important to me that I try and use as much of my time to improve other peoples lives in some way. We have a limited amount of time so its seems important that I am conscious in my decisions about how I use it.

I am now making the conscious decision that it is late enough tonight and so it is time for sleep.

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