Last weekend saw us take on our biggest challenge of the year – the Omm Lite. This was two days of running whilst self navigating, we had to cover at least a half marathon each day for my Thirteen 13 challenge, not get lost and make it back before the cut off time. I was really concerned about running two days back to back when covering such distance on the first day and with it being hilly (it was at the same place as “the toughest half marathon Ive ever done).
On the first day we had 5 hours to navigate around Cannock chase taking in as many check points as possible on the map we were given at the start of the race. We covered 17.6 miles, got 270 points and were back with 15 minutes to spare. Navigating was Dave’s job, I couldn’t even find where our starting point was! I just ran when I was told. We took it steady knowing we had the second day to do. At the second check pint we had a little water issue! You have to carry your own water, food, warm layer, first aid kit etc so I got Dave a new 2 litre water bladder for his backpack. You’ve heard the wise words never use something new on race day, why didn’t we test it first?! The bladder leaked all over Dave’s back and bag so we had to decant the bladder into 4 smaller bottles I had, but Dave’s bag was wet against his back so he had to put on his waterproof jacket which had water in the hood and yes you guessed it, he pulled the water all over his head! He wasn’t impressed, not the best start but he got over it and we had no further disasters.
When we finished on the first day we were hungry and tired, asleep by 8:30pm I was worried about the next day as my feet and calves were sore. We did plenty of Yoga stretches when we got back to our accommodation and ate all the pasta we made and all sorts of other naughty food too.
When we woke on the second day we were pleasantly surprised to find we weren’t too sore (the Yoga the night before paid off) and as soon as we set off running again we felt fine. With a new map and checkpoints to find the second day is shorter by an hour so we had a 4 hour cut off. We took fuel on every hour and used the uphills to read the map while running the flats and the downhills. We covered 16.1 miles, managed an extra 10 points compared to day one and where back with 20minutes to spare.
We were really pleased with our efforts and Im happy to say Im now 5 half marathons down with 7 to go to complete my Thirteen 13s challenge. The next half is Chester next weekend, I believe its flat, heres hoping.
If you want to sponsor me for my Thirteen 13s challenge to raise money for Robyn’s quest for comfort heres the link.