The relatively flat nature of the course meant that I ran almost the full 50 miles, only taking the odd walking break, giving the effort a very different feel to the normal ultras I compete in which generally have far rougher terrain and significantly more ascent.
My plan was to set off at a slightly quicker pace than I normally would in an ultra, see how long I could maintain a healthy pace and then hang on for dear life over the latter stages. For those that know me (or regularly read my race reports) you will know that this plan differs from my normal routine of steady start and finish strong - I just wanted to try something different in this end-of-season race.
The video tells the story of the race in more animated detail, but needless-to-say, I finished the season off in good style with a new PB by 1:15 hours, finishing in 8:04 hours for 22nd place.
What really suprised me was how much my quads suffered despite the lack of hills. I can only think that the continuous running took it's toll on my legs as the last couple of hours were tough!
One week on, I am well into my post season recovery period and just intend to do 2 or 3 nice easy jogs of 3-5 miles each week until the start of December when I should be chomping at the bit, ready to kick-start the winters training.
The next couple of blog posts are going to have to be a "review of the season", followed by a "lessons learned"; it's the blog-law, isn't it?