I've learned a few lessons in the first week on the road. What food is good, how much water to drink, when to rest, when to sleep, etc. As usual with any adventure the first week is less of doing what you prepared for and more or actually trying to work out the best way of doing it. This run has taken this theory to a whole new level. When I swam the length of Britain it was all about getting to the end and my swim times were dictated by external factors like weather, tide and anchorages. Running Britain would have no real external factors affecting my progress and more about the journey rather than the destination. It would be all up to me and what I could handle to get the to the end.
As usual I set off with a bang and run 90 miles in the first three days. I felt tired but good. It wasn't till the end of the third day when I rolled my ankle. It wasn't that bad but the knock-on effects on my knee have been catastrophic. For the last 3 days I've only managed 25 miles. It's been very frustrating. It's the first time I've had a proper 'over-use' injury and not being able to do the mileage has been tough psychologically.
The last three days have taught me a few things. One was to remember the reasons why I'm running Britain. I want to push myself in a new sport but also explore Britain. 90 miles in the first 3 days was pushing myself but less exploring.
That leads too number two. I ALWAYS push to hard at the start. With swimming and cycling you fall into deep fatigue, with running you get injured. This is something I need to consider and factor in to my day.
Annoyingly in the process of finding my running feet and pushing myself too much I've injured my knee and am therefor taking a few days rest. I want to be a full fighting form when I see most of you further south.
My final thoughts are: It almost never goes to plan, but it's the way you deal with hurdles that will make or break you. #nevergiveup
Happy adventuring and thanks for all the support.
This blog was done on my phone so please excuse any spelling errors etc. I'm rather tired :)