• Tom Crossland

Day 35 - The road to nowhere

Bootle - Milnthorpe 45.9 km (1232 km done - just recalculated via Garmin Connect distances and some how I'd lost 32 km)

Start Time - 8.50 am

Finish Time - 6.21 pm

Moving time - 6 hours 30 mins

Vertical Gain - 1149 m

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 24 C

Min - 21 C

Max - 29 C

Support runners today

"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit." George A. Sheehan

After the doubts and pain yesterday, I was not looking forward to the start of today massively. I slept well last night and woke up feeling better and my knee did not hurt nearly as much and I was able to move. The outlook for the weather did not help either, it was forecast for rain all day and pretty cold. Learning from the last wet day I had, I packed and dressed for a cold wet day. I am not sure I have had a forecast recently be so wrong. The weather has been excellent all day, with a lovely breeze and sunshine all day. My knee was a little sore to start with but there was less pain as the day went on and by the end of the day my legs were feeling stronger again.

There was an impromptu route change today due to my route taking me along the A595, which was not a viable option. It was busy, had lots of blind bends and lots of heavy lorries and so I found a safe place to stop and called Simon so we could come up with a plan. In the end the only choice was to jump in the van and be driven to the next village. In the end, this did not reduce the distance for today by much, maybe about 1 km. This took about an hour to arrange and the new route was not on roads and across the hills much more. Although, this meant much slower going, it was such a great day to be out on the hills, I genuinely feel rejuvenated. It was probably really good for my legs to be on different terrain that forced me to move more slowly and in different plains of motion, rather than on the road for hours. Maybe this is the reason my knee feels so much better now than yesterday.

I did not finish until later than planned today but I am feeling really good and feeling much more confident about keeping the doubts at bay, however, I am aware that there will be other days that they resurface again. I can accept that I cannot always feel positive and accept that feeling low or worried is part of life, just in the same way feeling happy is and stay committed to keep moving forwards. Thank you for all the kind messages yesterday, it really does make a difference to me.

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