Yes, a fabulous time indeed at the Coastal yesterday. I would urge you, yes you, to give this race a whirl. It's on the wrong side of the country and it took 5 hours to get home, but it was well worth the trip. It starts and finishes on the beach and hugs the coastline for 13 very attractive miles.
I'm trying not to whine on about injuries these days, so I won't mention the twisted ankle which was getting on my nerves from about the halfway point. As we re-joined the beach with 2 miles to go, I was just about to stop and walk in to the finish. But then Poacher and Minni drew alongside, presenting me with a great opportunity to run in with two of the thread's big-hitters.
Amazing run by Minni, considering she'd had hip surgery so recently. She seemed to know just about every runner at the finish line, so was greeted by an endless stream of hugs and kisses, leaving me feeling rather inadequate. A state compounded when I was introduced to the unnecessarily handsome OO52, who had finished about half an hour before we limped over the line.
It was great to meet you all. And thanks again to Poacher for the Bamburgh tip - we loved it and plan to be there again next year.
Yes, MsE - definitely keep moving. Unless that makes it worse. In which case, stop moving around, you loon. You're making it worse.
KR - 24 hour solo run? Ouch. Are you sure that's entirely necessary?
Poacher - my dedicated support team will be on hand to drive me to the start line, collect me at the finish and then feign interest as I drone on about my coastal adventure. As you can imagine, they're looking forward to it immensely.
Oh my. That was quite something. Well done, Slokey. I did quite a lot of chuckling at your exchange with your wife before Scafell ("Almost finished. Just got to run up that mountain, then we can go home") Was she pleased for you?
Tony Hunt - I tried one of the milder P&D schedules and it made me feel very unwell in the legs.
Thank you Poacher for the Coastal resort tips. I suspect that, even at conversational pace, you and Minni will be well ahead of me. But I might see you at the end, if you hang around long enough.
Poacher - I had a similar operation about five years ago. The procedure itself wasn't too much of a problem and I was walking around normally within a few days (and gentle jogging within a couple of weeks, I think). I haven't really been able to test it properly since then, as I'm unable to sustain high mileage (due to a variety of low-lying injuries and old age). But, if it's any consolation, I suspect that my old torn meniscus injury hasn't impacted too much on my general fitness. A friend had an arthroscopy at around the same time and is currently running as well as ever.
It'd be a shame if you felt you had to give up completely. We all have to adapt as we begin to slow down and gradually fall apart. Initially, this can be rather unsettling. Slokey and Blisters have turned to triathlon, while others have resorted to something called wava. Personally, I like to jog alongside back markers during races, regaling them with tales of how, back in the day, I used to be almost average.
Does this mean you won't be at the Coastal Race next month? I only popped in here to ask you, Minni & OO about lovely areas to stay (or unlovely ones to avoid). We're going to make a weekend of it this time, which we've never done before.