Three days to go.
I don’t know what I’m going to eat on the day, I don’t know what I’m going to wear. I’ve got a big list of required items I need to squeeze into a bag and there are points this week I’ve felt so anxious I’ve spontaneously burst into tears when the race has been mentioned (Cat, Steph, Harry, my apologies)
Honestly though, I think its going to be ok.
I know the course, I’ve run or hiked almost all of it. My legs feel good, 50 miles good? who knows, I guess we’ll see. Alex and Simon are going to crew me on the day so no worries there, those guys are the best. Cat will be with me in spirit and has been an excellent coach. Seriously, if you’re looking for someone to help you out with long races look no further. The dream team has done an excellent job, despite my best efforts to derail them. All I can do now is sleep, eat and rest.
There’s going to be some good viewing spots if you fancy some walking/cheering on Saturday, Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon, Clayton Windmills, Southease and the very picturesque village of Alfriston (but I won’t be there till about 5pm).
Pretty much anywhere along the South Downs Way between Worthing and Eastbourne you’re likely to see SDW50 runners. It’s worth going along just for the scenery.
I also wrote this out for my family/crew if you were at all interested in when I may turn up somewhere:
It’s very difficult to write estimated times for something that could take anywhere between 9 and 12 hours. The plus signs basically mean I have no idea.
and here is a rather vague looking map of a long way…
Anyway. Fingers crossed.
As I cant think of a suitable sign off, here is a serious looking dog I see looking over a wall every time I go run in Bushy Park before work. Recently I like to think he’s saying “You’ve got this Farrington. Give that race hell”