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Counting Down - #RememberBen

timPby timPMay 18th 2018
Since our last update after the aborted Bath Half marathon we have been pretty quiet, but it has been in a good way. Both of us have managed to get in some solid running in the last couple of months that will, hopefully, put us in good stead for the up coming ultra marathon.

It's really pleasing that Debbie has managed to get right back into her training after her difficulties of last year. At one point I was worried that she wouldn't be able to attempt anything too strenuous so this is amazing.

We have just come back from a week in Bideford with a group of friends for our third annual fitness (and eating/drinking) week. The location was just perfect, about 30 metres from the Tarka trail and not far off of the mid point so 15 or so miles to go in either direction.

The weather was very kind to us (amazing what a difference that makes) and we both managed to get in some solid runs and a bit of cycling for me as well.

Just to make things a little more difficult Debbie and our yoga instructor Eva decided that they would run every day in April, so rather than be left out I thought I would ride every day instead. For May we are doing yoga practice every day and I must admit that really helps especially after some of the long runs.
A few pictures from our week in Bideford
It is now less than a calendar month to go until "The Wall" so everything is becoming just that little more real. We have two more weeks of big training to do and then about 10 days to taper into the event.

I think we are as prepared as we can be having acquired and tested all of our kit, it's surprising how much we need and also how much is mandatory that has to be carried with us. As it's a point to point race the logistics are a little more complicated than normal so we are flying to Newcastle and then catching a train to Carlisle for the start. Hopefully we will not need the train to get back to Newcastle!

The route itself seems to break down into something like an undulating half marathon, a hilly marathon and then finally an undulating marathon into Newcastle. At least the route is marked so no need to worry about navigation. I think there will be enough variety of terrain and scenery to keep us occupied on what is certainly going to be a long day.

Anyway enough for now, next time will be a report on the race and fair warning I will have had plenty of hours to think what to write so it might be a long one!
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