Day 66 - A day with the runners of Llanelli
Burry Port - Rhossili 48.7 km (2170.2 km done)
Start Time - 8.28 am
Finish Time - 4.19 pm
Moving time - 6 hours 21 mins
Vertical Gain - 463 m
Garmin Temperatures a
Average - 22 C
Min - 17 C
Max - 27 C
I can't believe the awesome level of support I received from the runners of Sospan Road Runners and Gary Howells Run Club. This made today fly by, well maybe apart from a few kms in the sands dunes. The first 16 km came a went really easily, on pretty much flat tarmac all the way from Burry Port. I'd forgot what it was like to tick along at a steady pace (sorry Rob definitely E-Pace) and actually fall into a rhythm. So much of the past two weeks or so has been hilly and challenging trails that it felt odd to cover the ground so easily. It was very breezy today from the west and guess which way I spent a large proportion the day, you guessed right West. Tomorrow I turn the corner of the Gower and head East again, hopefully the wind will stay around and remain from the West to push me on.
My left quad is still grumbling away, letting me know it's tired I expect. It was perfect until 14-15 km and the just popped up to say hello. I am hoping, like all the other things that have happened with my legs, that in a few days it figures out whatever is going on and sorts itself out. It has been an interesting experience having to get on with running, whatever is going on with my legs, with no week or two to let them recover. I do wonder, whether with some niggles this might be the way to go and to just continue running. This is not a recommendation to anyone else but myself and how would you know if this is an injury that needs rest and recovery or one to continuing running on. However, it has shown me how well our bodies can adapt to whatever we are doing.
I think it is very similar to how well our minds adapt, very quickly we get used to a new routine. It didn't take me long to get in to the routine of the project, getting up, eating, running, eating and sleeping. Whatever it is it just becomes what you do. Our minds love shortcuts, if we can fall into a routine it takes much less energy to go through the routine than to try something new. This is one of the reasons that creating new habits is hard work and yet once they are created, it becomes super simple to fall into them. Even if we don't want to do it. It seems this is one of the reasons the first 10 days to weeks of a project likes this is so tough. It is that time that you have no routines for what is going on, so not only is your body going through a huge adjustment, but your mind is also massively working hard to work out the new information. It was easy to create those new routines, because I had none of the behavioural anchors I have at home in day to day life, so nothing to trigger an existing routine. In everyday life this is harder and I am sure it will be hard to maintain some for the more helpful routines I have developed during this project and easy to slip back into unhelpful routines. Such as writing a journal every evening. I have often tried to journal and been unsuccessful. I have not managed to make it stick after a few days. I have now been blogging for 66 days and will do everyday until the end. This is a bit of a chore but I think has become an important part of the wind down for the day, so I will try and continue some sort of journal when I finish, I just need to figure out how to make it stick in the busyness of life.