Daughter out of hospital on Friday, so I managed to do Dark Star River Marathon. (It's listed under ultras as it is 28.2 mls). Got there really early and soon became worried as it was obvious that there were a lot of fast, fit guys there and a cut-off of 6:30. Met up with a friend (BD) who I'd run with before and soon after the start it was BD, a local lady called Liz and me who were at the back of the pack. Even the dogs had shot past us. Route was alongside the river, then the Downslink to the turn around, back along the Downslink and then along the other side of the river. We kept good time on the way out - the mud was frozen hard and although you had to watch your ankles at least we could run. No hills though, so no walk breaks. Lots of goodies at the turn around tempted us to stop, but the sweeper guys were just behind so we headed back. Liz went off ahead and I ran (jogged) with BD who said he was 'slowing'. Weather was lovely again (that's three Sundays in a row!). Back at the river bank we found the mud had defrosted and also been churned up by the other runners - cue for lots of slipping, sliding and tentative footsteps. Some mud covered stiles also didn't help and most of those were sloped. A few miles before the last checkpoint I got a second wind (and the ground improved slightly) and caught Liz up. Waited at the checkpoint for BD, but he was feeling a bit nauseous and said he would walk back in with the sweepers. Managed to keep running the last 5 miles, caught Liz up again and passed her, then passed two guys who were walking and finally came in at 6:13. Tough day out but (somehow) enjoyable.
Very tired again on Monday but managed a recovery run with daughter's dog. We did another run today - took us 25 mins to get to the river whereas it usually takes 12! Lots of run, stop, sniff etc. Dog much better along the river and then off-road - both of us were exhausted at the end. I even managed to persuade dog to cross a small bridge over a small weir. Last week he point blank refused to cross the High Street bridge over the river - embarrassing as there were lots of people around!
Healing vibes to all those with injuries or niggles - take it easy.
Big G - you're coping so well with all these tragedies. You and Steph's family remain in my prayers.
Daughter had operation on Monday afternoon to flush all the muck out. Some concerns about low blood pressure. She is due to have another operation tomorrow when they hope to do more cleaning and sew it up, although there is a possibility that she will need a third operation. And last Sunday she thought they would sew up the wound, I would collect her, take her to the stables and then she would drive her jeep home!! I'm now in charge of the dog. Went for a short walk yesterday and then today I took him for a run around the nature reserve. He's very serious when running - his ears go back and he focuses on the track ahead, even ignoring squirrels and rabbits. After about 50mins he started to run (well, I run, he trots) right in front of me. Seems he does this when he's getting tired so as to keep the pace down
I had already promised younger son that I'd take him back to camp in the evening, so when I got a text about an hour before the end of the marathon I was hoping it was him to say he'd got a lift back. No such luck. It was eldest daughter saying please ring as soon as you've finished. She had come off her horse while out riding - more precisely the horse had swung sideways into a gate and then dashed off leaving her on the floor. A rusty, metal bolt on the gate had gone right into her leg. Luckily she was with someone and after catching the horse they managed to get back to the stables just down the lane. Lots of blood and when she removed her jodphurs loads of skin and flesh fell onto the floor and they could see the bone, so they rushed her off to A&E, where she was phoning from. Her main concern was her dog who'd been in her jeep since 9.30 (although friend had taken him out for the loo).
So after my run I had to go to the stables to collect dog and take him home. Then I collected pyjams and stuff and took them to the hospital. Daughter was in a 'holding room' because they had no beds free - eventually she was moved to a free ward being used for 'emergency admissions' in the birthing unit!! Finally got to take son back, which is a 3 and a half hour round drive (and a diversion ), and arrived home after 12. Had a shower as still covered in mud from earlier, hot drink and cake before collapsing into bed about 1am . Daughter is having an operation later today so they can flush everything out and stich up all the layers
Big G - well done on your pb . A good start to your running for the new year
annie-sophie - hope your mum is ok now.
mamafox - glad your little one is ok and you're both home.
I did Braintree Bog-gle yesterday. It's held on alternate years and I've done the previous two. This was a completely new course, though I can't compare it as I can't remember what the old course was like. The weather was kind - cloudy and a bit cold to start, but the jacket came off at the first checkpoint and I felt comfortable. Later we had some sun and a stronger wind, which made it both too hot and too cold at the same time . Cloud soon came back, but no sign of any snow (which had been forecast). There were some deep puddles and a LOT of mud - the slippy, sticky and very heavy kind which makes you think you're wearing concrete overshoes! I never want to see another ploughed field - even with a 'path' across it. Ran (read jogged, walked and skidded) with a friend and finished in 6:02. Did feel rather tired and calves ached. Good checkpoints and food at the end too. Nice day out .