Extreme exercise: a survivor’s story
Can a 24 hour running race be good for you?
- By: Charles Simon Robert Tweed
Falling asleep while running is not an experience I have had before. Waking up about to fall into a canal is again not one I can put my finger on as familiar. It was 6 am on Sunday. Having been running continuously for 24 hours I felt that it was time to rest my eyes. I was attempting the Grand Union Canal Ultra Marathon, from Birmingham to London. You have to complete this 145 mile (233 km) course in 45 hours, and there are strict deadlines along the way.
At hour 24 it was my mind that was complaining the most. How nice it would be to stop. I had hallucinated: I had definitely seen a crocodile on the path at about 80 miles. By 10 am things were tough. My left hamstring had hurt 25 miles in, but I continued with the aid of a knee support and painkillers.