As you can see in the photo to the right, the weather continued to be bright and sunny, though a little cooler.
For the first 90 minutes, I literally did not see another soul on the trail as I worked my way north along the beautiful coastal trail to Hoi Ha.
But because the weather was so cool, I made the greatest mistake a long-distance runner can make.... which is forgetting to hydrate! My morning run took 3hr, 1min and during that time i drank roughly 500mL of water. Duh! They generally recommend 600-700mL per hour (so for 3 hours that would be about 2,000mL or 2 litres). Needless to say, my body started breaking down and by the time i finished 26km I was in great pain. Could barely walk. It was only during lunch time that I realized the idiotic mistake I'd made, but by that time it was too late. Hydrating helped a little, but the muscle fatigue and damage ultimately affected my PM run.