Aahh big well done then . It's a very trippy route ( I did it in March and I lost count of the number of runners I saw at the end with bloody knees! And a friend tripped and broke her shoulder! And at the turnaround we had to run through a boating event with rowers and bits of boats all over the course!). I think it should be reclassified as an obstacle course .
Sunny here this morning . Eldest daughter back to school so I'm on dog duty again. After a very brief excursion into running earlier this year dog has now settled into just 2 or 3 pootling walks per day of about 30 mins each. Although he still does like to bomb around off lead occasionally he gets tired very quickly. I guess old age just crept up .
I went off to Boston (Lincs, not USA) for the weekend. Stayed in a little pub just off the A16, which was only 20 mins straight drive from the venue. Got there in plenty of time for the 7.30 am start and set up my refreshments. Last year I couldn't manage to chew anything so I was well prepared with jam sandwiches, rice pudding and custard - and coke. One mile laps on the path round a country park with varied scenery, quite a lot to look at and no undulations to talk of. Cloudy to start with and very humid which made it quite hard to breathe. Probably started off a bit too quick, but soon settled and after just 13mls decided to walk the slight 'up' to the river each time. Had a brief thought early on that I might have to drop down to the 6hrs, especially when I got tummy cramps, but after 30 mls and a trip to the loo, plus some very welcome rain I began to feel a bit better. Found another couple of places to have a very brief walk each lap and with a refreshment stop every 6 laps I got a 2nd wind and even managed to pick up the pace slightly towards the end. Very low key race, with just a few runners but the officials (and other runners and their family/friends) were very supportive. Finished at 7.30 pm - and it was getting very dark through the woods bit - and had even managed slightly longer than last year with 65mls and 728yds . Packed up, got my medal and drove back to the pub via McDonalds. Slept very well! Heavy rain on Monday but only a couple of hours drive home so wasn't late for work.
For those who remember LMH - she deferred from last year as she had a nasty cycle accident. She did the 6hrs and ran very, very fast, completing 46miles!!
I had a weekend away in Swanage. Drove down on Saturday and stayed 2 days on a lovely small campsite. It rained all Saturday night and continued for a few hours into our event on Sunday. I was very wary about going and not sure why I had actually entered - I don't like hills and I'm scared of cliffs. Dorset Doddle had both in excess . Started out in Weymouth - a run along the promenade, up a hill past a triathlon event finish and over some grassy hills. Then it got a bit muddy ( and slippery). Still, the first 5 miles took about an hour. Unfortunately the next six and a half miles took another 2 hours. There was an awful steep slope which took ages to gingerly tiptoe down and if there had been an adjacent road I would have walked along it and phoned to be picked up . It then got worse with huge steps up the hills (one flight was 213 steps up) and uneven sized steps down which as I've got little legs meant I had to almost jump down each one, and this continued relentlessly. In some places the cliff edge was quite close and it was always a long, long way down - I barely looked to my right the whole way, even Durdle Door only got a 5 second glance. I must have walked nearly the whole way as most of the paths were uneven and stony. After about 4 hours the sun came out, it got very hot and the wet jacket was stuffed in the backpack. I found a nice young lady to walk the last third of the route with and as she was trying to beat the time a friend had done previously I made her run most of the last bit of 2 miles through the woods, park and into Swanage. With a bit of encouragement (nagging) from me we kept going and got to the finish, after 32 miles, in 9 hrs:38minutes - 2 mins faster than her friend! Dorset LDWA looked after us really well with a meal of pasta, cheese and salad, followed by rice and fruit plus a cup of tea. I guess it's actually a really nice route but I was glad to finish as I felt so anxious the whole time.
It hammered down with rain all night and I was only able to pack the tent up at 11am when it eased slightly. Left at 20 to 12 and even with a coffee/cake/loo/petrol stop thought I had plenty of time to get home (I had to be at work at 6pm). Traffic jams nearly all the way and a major hold up on the M25 left me dashing into my house at 5.45 and out again just 5mins later to arrive at work 10mins late. And today I've had the most aching legs ever (plus I hurt my back getting the tent down and into its bag). Went out for a run with our daytime group this morning which certainly eased the aches. Dorset Doddle - been there, done that and got the t-shirt (well, not the t-shirt) - think I'm a bit wiser now .
Shades - so sorry to hear about your mum. She was a good age and lucky to have retained her independence for so long, and to have such a loving daughter who enabled her to do that. Take care of yourself now and, although you are dealing with all the practicalities efficiently, allow yourself a cry now and again. x
KK - well done on the parkrun time . I'm doing York and Snowdonia too this year.
Don't think I can help much on the achilles issues. I had an achilles injury a few years ago but it was caused by the back of my shoe digging in (later I cut the backs right down and much later I threw them in the bin instead of cleaning them after a very muddy run ). I went for the 'aggressive recovery' by continuing to run long but at a very slow pace. It worked for me but everyone's different.
Big G - well done on your 10k time . Your tale about the vicar reminded me of my mum's funeral a few years back. Half the flowers didn't arrive at the funeral directors in time. (They phoned the florist and they were later delivered to the crematorium - they were awful and we got a refund). My eldest daughter was distraught that she didn't have flowers for her nan but cheered up when we delayed going to the service and got some bunches of lovely roses from the co-op, - I reminded her that her nan would often say "just hold on a minute, I need to pop over to the shop" .