Birmingham to Burton
Start – Birmingham, West Midlands
Finish – Just south of Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.
Sorry for the delay in getting this up I’ve been struggling with motivation.
It stemmed from a fall yesterday where I managed to rip the scab off my knee. It meant I struggled to sleep last night with the sheets rubbing against my knee and I’ve been paying the price since.
I started the run from just outside the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and pretty much followed the canal all the way up to Burton in Staffordshire.
This time I only ran 3 times. A 19k run to just short of Tamworth. Then a 26k to Alrewas and finally a 4k jog to the Travelodge. My goal was to try to run as far North as possible in the canal and only became dissuaded when the river began to snake westerly quiet a lot and that gave me the feeling that I was running more bonus miles and therefore adding to my journey.
I stopped off in a pub in Alrewas and ordered my usual Coke and crisps but this time I did not ask if I could pay by card first of all. And guess what happened? I was told by the landlady that I could walk a mile south to the nearest one. I’d just ran almost 30 miles so I was close to telling her where to go but luckily I had just enough money in my hip bag. I had to put back a packet of crisps so I had enough money.
The rest day helped a lot with energy levels but I was struggling with silly mental shit. I’ve lost my room key for back in London and I spent a good long time beating myself up over that. I’m fantastic at disastrous thinking. I let all the shit piss on my parade and end up a mental mess.
I got to weigh myself in Birmingham and I’m down to 86kg from around 89.7kg when I started out. That means that I’ve lost the equivalent weight of my rucksack in that short time.
I can’t help but think that running across the UK is not the best way to lose weight. It might be easier to eat less and just do a bit more rather than running this far.