T-Rex - you don't like doing stuff the easy way do you
Well quite a weekend here. Had to rush our oldest dog to the vets Friday evening she was in so much pain and going down fast vet decided it was very bad colic so she had a massive pain killer injection and anti spasmodic tablets so a pretty grim night. A lot better Sat am and continued to improve (though a bit messy) so despite another disturbed night Saturday we got up Sunday and decided Anglesey was back on
Had trouble finding registration (no signs and it was all quite spread out with start, finish and reg all in different places) but got there in the end. Freezing cold at start line but with the sun out and wind behind us quite pleasant once we set out. The cold and stress had left me really tense and I was starting to hurt after mile 1 so I went with Hetties run/walk setting and after a couple of run 2 min walk 30sec intervals I relaxed and decided to stick with it for the entire run. On the way back we turned into the wind on Beaumaris sea front and it had picked up by then so on the exposed prom bit I ended up being blown into the wall soon back to slightly more shelter but the cold wind did start to aggravate my chest a little so cough re-emerged . Still the R/W worked wonders and I only slowed a little and was able to keep the intervals going coming in at 2.37 so about my usual time for a road half . Straight home as weather started to deteriorate as we made the long walk back to the car and Mr C was hurting somewhat after shooting off like a bat out of hell to get a new pb of 2.12 and we wanted to get back to the dogs. So home by 2pm for food and snooze.
Feel fine today except for a bit of a stiff ankle so a good end to a bad weekend
Was planning on plodding very slowly around Anglesey half on Sunday morning and just found out there is a 2hr15 cut off at 10 miles. While normally this wouldn't worry me after nearly 6 weeks of hardly any training due to injury/illness and the forecast strong sideways wind it could be close. Oh well what will be will be
On a sad note my beloved Garmin has had several hissy fits the last few times used (and his battery life in GPS isn't going to get me through a marathon let alone an ultra) so yesterday I decided it was time to retire him (though Mr C is quite interested in adopting him). So Hettie my new purple Forerunner 220 with an impressive 10 hrs GPS life is happily (though not for my credit card) rushing my way via the 1st class delivery option.
Never made the trails yesterday, the weather was so hideous and as it was forecast to get worse we ran from home to save 20mins or so of weather worsening as we drove up plus the thought of all those tree branches that could fall on my head was a bit off putting. So headed up from home on first loop (not too high about 600ft) and was soaked through practically as soon as set out. Icy sleety rain blowing in every way imaginable, it was actually quite interesting to see bands of rain going in completely opposite directions at different levels against the mountains. At 3.5ish there was an option to drop back down to home or carry on up on next loop (about 1000ft) we weren't feeling too cold so carried on up. The climb was quite sheltered but once we popped out onto the top road we were back in the wind but it was thankfully mostly behind us. Had to have a moment up here and that was when I realised how cold my legs actually were, completely numb and painful to touch but we decided it was pretty much flat and then down for rest of this loop so we'd warm up once going again. We were wrong the sleety rain got more and more snowy and the temperature was dropping so even once we were heading down we weren't warning up. So decided to head home and not add on loop 3 so did about 6.5 miles in the end. Even after a shower my legs still felt numb and icy so put on a billion layers and spent the rest of the day eating and drinking tea.