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Virtual Race To The Stones – Days 6 and 7

Day 6

Day 6 was all about the Nanna nap as the tiredness caught up with me. I’d already made the decision to complete on Sunday with my friend so took the opportunity to have a rest day as I only had 9k left to run.

My legs were a bit stiff but nothing of any concern ahead of my final run. It was just sleep that I needed to catch up on. I have to say I don’t often nap in the day and if I do I often find I struggle to get to sleep at night. Funnily enough I didn’t struggle yesterday.

Day 7

What can I say other than a totally enjoyable socially distanced 6 miles with my friend. We’ve not seen each other since the start of lockdown so it was a real treat to be able to get together and run.

Also running with someone for the last few miles of the challenge did make it feel special, almost like running a real race. It was really nice to be able to share that moment with someone as opposed to finishing on my own on Friday evening and then just going home to bed.

The rest day definitely helped my legs as I didn’t feel I struggled at all with today a run. I managed to chat as well, which is an achievement compared to my other socially distanced runs!

I can honestly say I’ve absolutely loved the challenge that the Virtual Race To The Stones has presented.

When I started this challenge running 100k across 7 days seemed incomprehensible. But here I am 7 days later, having run for a grand total of 11 hours and 10 minutes having completed the Virtual Race To The Stones.

My normal mileage is about 16 miles across the week so to have run just over 62 this week is such a huge achievement.

This challenge has taught me a lot about myself and there are lessons I can take from it that I can bring into my everyday life. Firstly, that even the most overwhelming tasks are possible when you break them down into manageable chunks. Secondly, that I am capable of so much more and I have to put more faith in my abilities.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. My family who have put up with me running at random times and the volume of washing that I’ve produced! Also everyone at She Runs:Cardiff. The most supportive group of runners I know. It’s been an honour to run this alongside you, even if we’ve not been able to complete it together.

The big question now is….what’s next?

If you do have any spare money, I appreciate that in these unusual times that may not be the case, and you’d like to sponsor me that would be absolutely amazing. My Just Giving page is here.

Sam

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