Ran the suicide run today Rowardennan to Benglas and back. Weather was overcast with drizzle but was pleasant. I have not ran this section in 2yr after my MI prevent me getting that far in last year Highland Fling Race so it was going to be interesting...
I set off at a steady pace and ensured that I eat and drank regularly... after a mile the first hill appears and its steady climb gaining height very quickly once reaching the top there is a long steady run down which means you can make up on the time you have lost during the climb. On reaching the bottom of the hill you are straight into the next hill this one not as long but still slows you down.. On reaching the top it is a short run down before heading to the lochside and some challenging running for the next 10miles to Benglas..
I reached Benglas in 3hrs.08min and had some lunch(Mular Rice,Fig Rolls,coke and Pint Shandy) which set me up for the return journey.. The Way was busy with Easter walkers.. On the way back I stopped at Darios marker.. Dario was the Race Director for the West Highland Way Race until his untimely death in 2009 and it sits at a fitting part of the route with great views down the loch.. I was hoping for an even split again but this section is a real ball-buster but I was making good ground.. and completed the return in 3hrs.16mins. My legs were aching and I walked straight into the loch to ice my legs.. which help with my recover for tomorrow..
It was a day for only 2 of the Kriky Krazies... Ada and myself were heading from Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse in Glencoe. Forecast was for sun but cold wind and it was right on the money... Ada was wanting run most of the way I was planning to run this section as if it was race day in the WHW Race with a run/walk all the way across.. Its 12miles with loads of cheeky wee climbs and nice downhill section.. My time across was 2hrs-11mins.. we stop and got some food and drink on board before heading back and the plan was to try for an even split or even a negative split.. so off we went.
I ran the homeward route the same way with a run/walk and returned to Bridge of Orchy in 2hrs-14mins.. Ada ran all the way and finished 2hrs-10mins.. I was please with that having had a full rest week the week before to recover from D33..
So its now onwards and upwards for the Highland Fling on the 28th April 2012.