Come and have a go...
After bruising my knee and ankle (on both legs!) in two seperate incidents in the timber yard at work I'm glad race day has finally arrived - it's always a worry in my job if I can reach race day unscathed so these little injuries can only be bettered by anything that may (or hopefully will not) happen on the day!!
Thankfully this race comes later in the day because my stupid body clock goes haywire in the summer - many times in the past few weeks I have suddenley been wide awake between 4 - 5 o' clock in the morning but today it's 3 - 4am! Forunatley I have the ability to adapt, I think it's in the long distance / marathon / Trionium phsyce!
So, my top ten of must not do pre race preparations is...
1. Injure both legs
2. Watch a full 90mins of a totally unbelievably crap England performance (again) to unsettle the nerves!
3. Drink myself into oblivion to celebrate Fabio Cappelos' bitrhday / inability to play Joe Cole & Peter Crouch
4. Sleep as little as humanly possible
5. Take up chain smoking
7. Neck a few pints of whiskey
8. followed by a few more fags
9. Realise I have entered a Trionium race...
10. Wonder what the hell I'm doing...!
That said I will probably feel 'normal' when I finish the Munro!
See you later today... I'll be the one armed with the Nivea for men Revitalising Eye Roll-on (last night never happened, apparently...!)
From one of Rob's inmates on the run...
Andy have you been drinking again?
I'm having my legs massaged BEFORE the race..hmmm..run...hmmm...hike...!
See you all there later - I'm the oriental looking old heck struggling at the back...
Well, nobody wanted my place so I just had to take Mr K's advice and man up
And did better than I expected, I think about five minutes slower than last year. I'll settle for that.
That last set of steps just about did for me, though. I pretty much ground to a halt halfway up.
Fantastic event, as always. Well done to Dr Rob. Too knackered to post a review just now. Tomorrow. Assuming I can walk to the computer. I wish I lived in a bungalow.
Thank you Rob for another fantastic event today. Organisation was excellent, great marshalls, good weather and lots of lovely cake at the end.
Second time I have run the Munro and I knocked 6 mins off last year's time, so am very chuffed. I kept telling myself to hold back in the first half and it worked. I dragged myself up the steps at the end and felt great at the top. Then just as I was about to run down the hill to the finish my right calf cramped up really badly. Thanks to the runner who offered to stop and help. I managed to stretch it out and hobble home. My kids ran down the hill with me at the end which was great.
Well done to everyone who took part today and thanks to the marshalls and everyone handing out sweets, it really helped.
oh my golly gosh............
this was as tough as I knew it would be, and my legs now feel as though I would be better off having them both amputated....... however, the sense of achievement as I reached the top of the steps on the way back, and the self-satisfaction I felt as I freewheeled down the final slope to the finish was fantastic.... as are the t-shirt and the fab running cap!
Thanks to Dr Rob and all the marshals - you were great!
Dr Rob - I meant to mention to you today that there's going to be an article in the next month's Runners World mag about me running today for Adam's Appeal, so hopefully the run will get a bit of extra publicity.....
GO's JustGiving page
Sold my place 3 weeks ago following a long lay off injured. Ran the Recce run 2 weeks ago and the desire to run it started to be rekindled. Anyway sold my place so maybe next year.
Then a running partner, with a race number, had been sidelined with stomach problems but no, I'd be mad to run such a hard race with only a few weeks training.
Typically, I couldn't resist and I'm glad I did, it was a superb event and my self esteem is sky high (makes a change!).
Thanks Dr Rob and if I don't run in your events I'll do my best to come and marshall.
Well done to all the runners!
We are currently starting to upload our photos to our web site. They should be available later on tonight or tomorrow.
We will post on here when theyr'e ready, or you can keep your eyes on http://www.race-photo.co.uk/
Good luck for your next races!
Dr Rob: If you are able, without too much trouble, to amend the results to show that No 139 was Phil Davies (age 53) and not Stuart Hambling I would be very grateful.
If not, don't worry, I will just carry on impersonating him - he's younger, has more hair and much better looking than me!
Tough tough tough. Ran half of it with a huge grin on my face and the other half with a look on anguish. Those 3rd set of steps did for me. Couldn't even walk them in the end. Had to stop and rest half way up.
Today every muscle in my legs is screaming. Scrapes on knees and hands from falling a$$ over t*t at the 9 mile mark but will I do it again ? You bet
Unlucky Gareth, hope you're OK.
Great fun. For all my near-misses going downhill, I only fell over when I approached the last set of steps going up. Didn't quite have the energy to lift my leg up high enough. Oops. Very pleased with my race, and the fact that my dodgy knee didn't complain. 7th place, 1:51.
Rob - thanks for a great day, may well be back for this one.
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