I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I've signed up for the Montane Lakeland 100 in July 2013. I will have mentioned before that I have zero navigational skills and a like to recce courses that require such skills. One less (major) thing to worry about on race day. Plus, I think if you get lost in a ultra race, you've only got yourself to blame.
|AVOID Gowbarrow Fell!
Of couse backtracking on the description, it clearly states: "AVOID left permissive path to Gowbarrow Fell". Lesson learned. Although best make mistakes on a training run, and not in the race.
Back down the hill and back on track. Thankfully the route took us through some gorgeous woods and contoured around Gowbarrow with the most amazing views over Ullswater - which certainly lightened the mood. It's truly magical. Even in the rain and mist. I think the backdrop, coupled with recognising the (reassuring) points from JK's videos - certainly perked us up a bit. When we hit the old ruins and made the required right turn, I ran down to Swinburn’s Park with the same excitement as my number being called in Argos. I never thought simply going to the right way could feel so amazing!
The adventure wasn't quite over though, as we had to negotiate a few shoe-sucking muddy fields and then got lost in Dacre trying to find the route passed the castle.
Eventually we made it back to Dalemain House in a total time of 5:48. That wasn't too bad considering we had to follow a map into the unknown and take a few detours. I absolutely loved the route and even now, I'm still on a bit of a high from the run.
I think it took us longer to get changed into dry clothes that it did to drive back to Glasgow. I'm sure the passing tradesmen were slightly suspicious of steamed-up Mini in an empty carpark with wet clothes being disgarded out the windows and doors!
...NOW MORE ABOUT THE SOCKS...
That was as clear as mud to me too. Just skip the rest and watch the video at the bottom.
Why we get blisters: Feet get hot and perspire, causing socks to become wet. Moisture significantly increases friction (stickiness) between socks and skin. The higher the friction, the greater the chance of getting blisters. Higher friction limits skin surface movement, yet still allows inner tissue movement causing a shearing effect. This physically separates the two layers which fill with fluid, forming a blister.