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by Val Baxter

January 19, 2014

Living the dream…

The alarm went at 6:30 which isn’t good for me, I am not a morning person.  I was stiff as a board when I got up, tired and not really looking forward to running a half marathon.  I went downstairs and had some breakfast, which is something else I don’t normally do.  My bag was roughly packed just needed to add the bottle of water in the fridge.  When I walked down the drive to the car it was raining heavy. I haven’t said anything nice or good have I?? It rained all the way down and was a horrible journey.

When we arrived, everything seemed to be so well organised that I started to feel better altogether. There were announcements over loudspeakers keeping you informed, plenty toilets, refreshment areas, baggage areas and all warm!

The race set off in the rain, but the rain had just about stopped after a mile or so though there were loads of puddles to navigate round. The first mile marker was way out, in fact it was that far out that the lad running next to me said that they had marked km not miles!  

Then my battery in the Garmin gave up after 25 minutes. That probably was a good thing, it meant I ran to how I felt, not to the watch.

 For the first 7 miles I was catching people and groups, then  it seemed I had found my level and for the next 3 miles seemed to be sitting in the group comfortably.  At 10 miles I was becoming heavy legged and had to start digging in.

Generally the course was flat, but at 11 and 12 miles there was a railway bridge and a hill! The route was basically out, a loop, and then back the way we went out. I didn’t know the route for the run in to the finish, but I was really pleased when I saw the time clock  as I approached the finish line.

After the race I met up with Jamie and Lorna, and in the warmth of the facilities we had some banana cake and a drink then headed off up the road back home for a hot bath. On the way home we decided to call in at the “old mill” for Sunday lunch. That was really nice, but did Linda have to go and pick a table UPSTAIRS on the balcony???

Great event, thoroughly enjoyed it!  :) But it wasn’t quite as the dream. :( Results can be seen here.

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