More John O’Groats Planning & A Provisional Kit List
How does 1st June sound as a start date for Lands End to John O’Groats challenge? I’m ready to book a train out to Penzance for early on the 31st May and just get it fucking started.
I’m really excited about this. I love the idea of going on adventures. When I went to Portugal in February I hoped for something like this but it’s difficult to run 30 or 40km each day if you’re staying in the same place. I’m gonna be running from hotel to hotel each day. On my shorter days I’ll book hostels and for my longer ones I’ll stay in hotels as an incentive.
I stayed up in New Galloway in Scotland in July last year and I loved the Scottish countryside. I followed the Southern Upland Way for a bit and dreamt of one day running across Scotland and I guess this is my chance now.
I know I can make it to John O’Groats if I succeed with the first week. I don’t want to place any time restrictions on myself as I want it to be a break and an adventure. I spotted a 17 day challenge that’s held yearly and it involves days of running 50+ miles and I couldn’t imagine anything more hellish. I want to stop and admire the views. I want to get lost for a little bit.
I don’t want this to be a hellish death march of attrition. I trust that my body will get stronger the further I go in the run and I should have enough fitness to take me through that first week. If Eddie Izzard can do it, then so can I.
My 29 consecutive half marathons in February 2016 proved that I can do back to back running and I was 15lbs heavier then.
I’ve had one of those unholy days without energy.
Almost an exact replica of last Saturday. Maybe not quite as bad but I’m still my own worst enemy. Short sighted self indulgence. What I need is a pet and a true reason to thrive, not just to live/survive.
Two weeks today and I’ll almost be at Brighton by now in the 100k. Gotta stay positive and just enjoy it. Last time was great up until 74k so I know what to expect this time. It’s to be a little bit cooler this year going by the current weather which is always a positive.
Here’s my provisional kit list for the John O’Groats challenge.
- 30l backpack
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Fenix 3
- Petzl Nao headtorch
- Karrimor race belt
- Manual compass
- 4-in-1 charging adapter
- Wet wipes for emergency anal leakage
- Cheap generic anti-shit-yourself tablets
- Dry bags for my backpack
- Foil blanket
- Range of hi-vis lights and gear
- 7 pairs of running shorts
- 7 t-shirts.
- Waterproof running coat
- 15 pairs of socks.
- 10 pairs of undercacks (3 extra pairs in case I run out of toilet paper and have to wipe my arse with my cacks)
- Mobile phone
- Waterproof zip-lock wallets for money
- Debit/Credit cards
- Shower gel/shampoo combo
- Roll on deodorant
- Deodorant spray
I’ll wash when I get to my hostel and change into the next day’s running clothes so that I’m ready to go. It might become tricky in Scotland where it’s always freezing. I might have to stay indoors at night in that case if all I have with me is shorts and t-shirts.
I’ll spend the night writing up my adventures from the past day and I’ll spend the rest of the time planning out what route to take next and asking others for advice.