• Tom Crossland

Day 45 - Running in the heat

Llanfairfechan - Pontllyfni 46 km (1459.8 km done)

Start Time - 8.36 am

Finish Time - 4.19 pm

Moving time - 5 hours 57 mins

Vertical Gain - 408 m

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 28 C

Min - 22 C

Max - 34 C

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Tonight I am really struggling to think of much to write about today and so I am going to make this a short post. As I pass the halfway mark, I am feeling really good and my legs seem to be at a stage now that they can cope with the volume of running I am doing without complaining too much. Things really have settled into a good rhythm now.

There were times today when it was very hot and it seems that this is likely to be the case for the next week or so. Unlike at the start of the run, I feel I have now got some heat adaptation and so am able to keep running and moving relatively quickly even when it gets hot. This is so different to the first 10 days of running, when the heat was brutal and it was all I could do to walk during the hottest parts of the day. I have also learnt a lot about doing multiple days in the heat. A lot of the learning has been about trying to eat the same amount even if I do not feel like it, as well as keeping the fluids going in all day. I take any opportunity I can to move in to the shade, even if it is only a single trees shade on the other side of the road, I will run across the road. I will slow down if I am feeling like I am over heating, rather than just pushing through it. I ensure I am rehydrating at the end of the day and this includes a high strength electrolyte drink, to replace the salt I have lost during the day. I am sure I said previously, but I have continued to have cold baths or showers, these are especially important at the end of a very hot day and really seems to help my body regulate itself again.

As an aside, I have just reached £10000 in donations thanks to an anonymous donor who gave a generous donation. I do not know who you are, but if you are reading this, thank you very much. This amount will have such a big impact on the work the TRIBE Freedom Foundation can do with their partners, such as STOP THE TRAFIK. Head over to the TRIBE Freedom Foundation webpage to find out more about the great work they are doing.

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