• Tom Crossland

Day 68 - England in the distance

Baglan - Nash Point Lighthouse 47.8 km (2266.2 km done)

Start Time - 8.25 am

Finish Time - 4.34 pm

Moving time - 6 hours 33 mins

Vertical Gain - 561 m

Garmin Temperatures a

Average - 21 C

Min - 19 C

Max - 26 C

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So I now know why yesterday was a bit tough, I seem to have picked up a cold from somewhere and am a little bunged up. I have now done two lateral flow tests and both have come back negative, but I will do another one tomorrow to try and be as sure as I can be that it is just a cold. I have no idea where I picked it up but it is a bit rubbish to be honest. Currently it is not a problem to sleep, I just wake up a bit foggy and once I'm running things clear up a lot. I'll do a lot of sleeping tomorrow and hope I can shift it in the next few days.

Apart from feeling a bit rubbish, today went pretty well. There was a 2 km addition to my route to cross a river at the bridge and stepping stones near Ogworth. I'm glad I took the detour since once I got to the car park there were lots of danger and warning signs all over the place saying no swimming etc in the river. Since I was on the beach on the other side of the river and could see the checkpoint about 200 meters away I had been very tempted to wade across, or at least to try. I still wonder if I could have got across and saved about 4 km round trip, but better safe than sorry. Apart from that the route was easy today. Pretty much flat most the way, my legs are getting back into the swing of flat running after so long of lumpy terrain. There was a moment of excitement when I could see England again. This is not because I really want to leave Wales, but seeing England is a tangible sign I am getting nearer home.

It is strange to think that in four weeks I'll be back at work and this will all be a distant memory. I'm not really sure how I feel about ending this adventure. On the one hand, I am super excited to get back home and have some normality and be able to sleep my bed again. On the other hand, this has been pretty awesome up to this point. Even the tough times when I feel down and low, it has been an interesting exploration of my capabilities, mentally and physically.

I was asked tonight about running afterwards and a few people were talking about races they have coming up. I wonder if I'll have to take some time out from racing when I finish and I'll have to make sure I am committed to the race. I do wonder if I am not committed it'd be too easy just to enter something to fill the time. Then I'd get to the point in every race where it gets a bit hard and it'd be too easy to decide not to continue. Honestly, thinking about a time after this project is not possible right now, it is still a long way to the finish and anything can happen so I am still trying to focus on day by day, block by block and nothing more.

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