Yesterday's 27 miler went very well indeed. In fact I was surprised at how well it went.
After a large bowl of porridge for breakfast I headed for the 7.15am bus to take me to Skipton where I re-fuelled with another coffee and a croissant.
Leaving Skipton at about 9.20am I headed to Apperley Bridge along the canal - a journey of about 21 miles. As you would expect this was almost entirely flat but the ground was muddy in places and uneven for at least half of the distance.
I wasn't complaining though, the weather was fine and I was enjoying myself. After leaving the canal I headed north to Rawdon - up the hill - and again I was surprised at how easy it seemed. Between miles 21 and 22 I probably climbed about 70m (225 feet). Not easy at that stage of a long run.
And then the next few miles were again uphill (slightly) but by now it was raining and I was getting wet. It was unseasonably warm though and I was still enjoying myself knowing that the final mile and a half were downhill.
Overall time ... about 3h 45 ... but that's not the point. I wasn't running to any pre-determined pace, just building the mental confidence needed to run a long way.
Job done then.
Congratulations also to Elizabeth Grayson on completing her first ultra. The Glasgow to Edinburgh race.