Sounds like a great start to your marathon celebration year T Rex - brilliant race report and I'm glad the doggy bag didn't cause any problems. I'm always paranoid that I'll forget somthing critical (like my running shoes), although the worst thing I forgot was a towel for post SNOD 2010, which I only realised as I got to the showers in Pen-y-pass hostel, so had to grab most of the paper towels and the bin on the way past.....
Well done T Rex - let's have the full story: I'm on tenterhooks...
Next one is Pitsford Water on 16th March Brer,then a real mixture: CTS Sussex, Buttons for Brathay x2, Bungay Black Dog, Round the Reservoir, Bath Beat and LDWA South Downs takes me to the end of April, with possibly one in Essex sandwiched in the middle.
Enjoying the rest and recovery, although I feel like my legs want to get out for another long run again - perhaps this is how it becomes so addictive
Cheers, Brer - on the mend now. No running as I still feel kneckered, but starting to feel more like myself again. Looking forward to spring proper starting, but I think there may be a bit more of winter to come yet
Didn't have my sensible head on (unlike Chrissi) when I decided to turn up to the Heartbreak yesterday: resting pulse 95; temperature 100; throat lumpy as hell making swallowing anything more than water a real struggle. Turned up with the thought I could hand my number back in for a DNS if I couldn't face running whe it came to the start.
All I can say is thank heavens for ibuprofen, popped an hour before the start. I did decide to head to the start line, not realising that it was at the bottom of a steep hill . The hill start nearly killed me, but I'd already decided that if I was going to run I'd plod along at the back, so that's what I did. Wrapped up really warm, but the wind was still a real issue on parts of the ridgeline course, but the further the event went on the more hopeful I felt about finishing. Amazingly I started overtaking people on the last lap (without speeding up I hasten to add!!), but by the time I crossed the finish line I was out on my feet. Someone said I looked rather pale, and made sure I was OK and had managed to get some soup down without passing out before he went home - much appreciated, Mike . Camaraderie on small runs like these (and SNOD of course) is brilliant and the reason I enjoy running, even if I had a bad day yesterday. Having said that, I still managed 4h30, even if I felt really rough afterwards and no better today - haven't had my legs ache so much for ages. Anyway, #8 done and now have 3 weeks until the next one. Off to bed again now... Keep up the training everyone, and be sensible out there (unlike me,,,)