"Biggest Weekend Of Running So Far" – Anna Finn (be afraid, be VERY AFRAID)

"Biggest Weekend Of Running So Far" – Anna Finn (be afraid, be VERY AFRAID)

Anna Finn has a cold. So does your Editor, who feels too rubbish to run. Anna, on the other hand… well, read for yourselves…

I thought I should update you on this weekend’s running – it’s that time of year when there seems to be summat on every weekend! My biggest weekend of running so far, with the plan being to run 66.2 miles over Saturday and Sunday. 
I did the Oxon 40 on Saturday – a beautiful LDWA event starting in Henley-on-Thames. It was off road through lots of bluebell woods (brilliant carpets of bright purple) and along lots of trails and footpaths, up over some hills with fantastic views and only 1.5 miles of me going the wrong way! I had 5 sides of A4 of written instructions to follow and used my compass a lot to make sure I had my bearing right. After the detour where I got lost (very early on – you can see a spur near the start on the attached map) I was more meticulous which slowed me down, but I didn’t mind taking it easy. My final time was 8 hours 44 mins.
Then on Sunday it was the Neolithic Marathon. This is another long, hilly, pretty trail run from Avebury to Stonehenge. I had no idea what my legs would think about tackling this the day after an ultra, but they were fine. I planned to walk the uphills and jog most of the rest, which worked well and I felt really strong. Finished in about 4 and a half hours which I was very pleased with.
I got a certificate and badge for the Oxon 40 and a medal for the marathon (pics atttached) and ended up doing 67.7 miles over the weekend. Is that why they call it a long weekend? 

I did my usual 4 mile recovery run this morning and that felt really good. 
And it’s lovely to have a day off – bank holidays are fab!
Happy running, more next week, (eeek! Ed)
Anna

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