September 21st and the start of the Equinox24 weekend. A 24 hour event full of fun, family runs, camping, friendship and a personal battle to run as many 10k laps as you can either by yourself or as part of a team.
Slightly concerned this year as it would be the first time running on a predominantly low carb healthy fat diet. I did Tough Mudder Full back in May (began this lifestyle back in February) and that went ok so I’m really hoping this goes well.
Friday arrival at the campsite and we can’t pitch tents as the weather is horrific. Wind is so bad it confines us all to the car. After battling with the wind and nearly taking off several times the tent is finally up, well sort of. Then the rain begins ……. and pretty much doesn’t stop for the rest of the day but that doesn’t dampen our spirits. We get out the camping stove and cook the Keto Chili I had prepared earlier together with homemade guacamole and grated cheese and a bottle or two (or four) of prosecco; hardly gave the rain a second thought !
The next day we wake early to a fab breakfast of really good sausages, spinach omelette, mushrooms and crispy bacon. All feeling good we change and get ready for the start at 1200, the first half of our three teams make their way over to the start line and we’re off! The other half of us sit around drinking water/black coffee nervously awaiting our first lap.
I walk across to the start line; I’ve no idea why but I always feel really nervous and self conscious at the beginning of any event I enter. Hang around there for a moment or two until I feel confident to start and then I’m off. I begin my first 10k loop all is ok. I had forgotten the entire route so just took in the scenery (and tried to pace myself), had a chat with other runners, although I was secretly annoyed I’d forgotten my headphones as I prefer running to music! Arrived at the 6k point and then found myself counting down in my head to the finish, until I realised I still had “that hill” to climb. For those that have never done this event there is a very steep, fairly long and horrific hill to run up, it’s a killer. Getting that out of the way the rest of the course is pretty much downhill all the way back; and then the rain comes again. It quite literally chucks it down, what an awful day for a running event but that doesn’t seem to dampen everyone’s spirit – there are so many people still out and continuing to go out and run; rain or not, it’s a great feel good event.
I ate several chicken legs and handfuls of nuts when I was peckish and that seemed to work well. Long and the short, I managed to get four laps in (40k) and was feeling pretty pleased with myself as I only managed 3 laps last year.
So I survived another event without stacking up on pasta the night before, and felt good – not sure my legs will agree with me tomorrow !