What happened when my talented ultranutter friend heard about the Alston Exhaustion

It’s been 19 days since I finished the Spine.

Recovery has been a nonlinear journey. Initially I felt fine. Then I felt hungry. Frankly, I haven’t stopped feeling hungry. I had a numb toe for a week. Tiredness set in, but has reduced in recent days.

There’s been nothing majorly wrong with me though. I ran for the first time after a week, when a friend recorded a casual ‘interview’ with me (it’s now on YouTube). I’m still working on my Spine blog post.

I’ve met up with quite a few mates since to recount tales from the adventure. One, a superb cook amongst many other qualities, offered to rustle up a celebratory meal for us. Plant-based cooking isn’t his usual fare, but as a fellow ultranutter he’s nothing if not adaptable. The result was something so remarkable, inspired and accomplished that it left me speechless.

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Back to SDW100 for a 100M PB, Hopefully!

It was the height of the day in SDW100 2023, and the mercury had hit 30°C. The tarmac road before me disappeared off into the horizon. This was Truleigh Hill: notoriously devoid of shade, and a prime catalyst for DNFs from heat exhaustion.

I was overheating, but I couldn’t drink. I was saving the few sips of water I had left. Why hadn’t I learnt my lesson from SDW100 2021, and refilled my water back at Botolphs in the valley? I was replaying the exact same situation, in the exact same place.

As I castigated myself for failing to learn from prior mistakes, I remembered what stood proud at the summit of this hill. YHA Truleigh. An oasis in the desert, with a shady yard, and all the water one can drink and dowse oneself with. It had saved me in 2021, and now I knew it would save me again today.

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