/ My GUCR
I got some really good advice from you guys in the run up to my Grand Union Canal Race attempt, so thought some of you might be interested in how I got on.
Suffice to say I didn't quite finish, but I don't think I have ever been quite so close to wearing my body out. I lasted 39 hours and covered 127.5 miles. So I dropped out a mere 17.5 miles from the end - such a short amount in distance, but also at the speed I had been reduced to, another six or seven hours! It rained pretty much the whole time, wearing out my feet and making me very cold - I am pretty sure I would have finished otherwise. I can't honestly say it was all that much fun, but hey, I gave it a good go.
I've written a bit more on it here: http://nickonice.blogspot.co.uk/
Once again, thanks for the help and happy running.
Finally, a climber again.
Good effort chap. Sorry to hear that you didn't make it round. I have to say I feel similar to you after my ultra. Rather meh. Enjoyed the blog entry.
Good effort. A friend of mine tried it. He's a committed ultra runner - "I only get into my stride after mile 28" - and the soles of both his feet fell off and he had to retire. He put it down to the surface being the same the whole way. He said the hardest thing was walking from the information board at the station to the platform - he didn't think he was going to make it!
Good effort. I always was a big challenge for a first ultra and getting that far is a real achievement. I don't quite believe you when say, there won't be a next time. Others have said this before ;-)
Good effort, you still ran 127 miles which is amazing in anyone's book.
Shame you don't feel like trying again - I got swept up by the broom wagon at the three-quarter point of my first proper ultra last year, and was properly trashed but I'm very keen to give it another go again this year. I think you'll be surprised and start to harbour feelings of going back - the pain and discomfort soon fades and you'll find you probably learned so much that you could apply to the next attempt.
Make sure you give yourself a good couple of weeks to recover - you don't need telling right now but your body is exhausted right down to a fundamental level.
Never say never. But never...
Great effort Nick and I really enjoyed reading your blog.
> Never say never. But never...
I like that. Especially the fundamentally exhausted bit.
Feeling any better now?
Gotta say, you had a great bunch of mates with you - must have made a huge difference. My dad's coming along, I'll be glad to see his face from time to time.
Best of luck, and let us know how it goes.
And pray for good weather!
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