Posted: 21/06/2015 at 18:43
Hey hey, seems impossible to get on here at the moment, but feeling proud of this weekend, and even think I may blog, so thought I would come to tell you guys first.
However, massive congratulations to baldrunnerman - thats a truly incredible achievement at Endure! I would recommend sitting down and deciding on what your most important running goals are- then you can find the races that help with those.
Well done at SDM Fairyclogs - how many are you upto now?
RR - I'm so glad that you are feeling back to your pre-surgery fitness - just goes to show doesn't it - attitude is everything!
So, my weekend- yesterday was the Great East Swim - 1 mile for me at 11am - I finished in 40 minutes and 22s - a fairly average swim, but I was absolutely delighted with it for several reasons - 1) I didn't freak out on getting in the water. 2) I didn't freakout when I crashed into people, or others crashed into me. 3) I didn't stop to put my feet down/tread water. 4) I actually drafted someone for a little while. 5) I didn't blow up. 6) I actually vaguely enjoyed it. It has taught me that I can probably be a bit more aggressive getting into the water for my triathlons, and also I can stand to work a bit harder as I seem to have swim fitness now!
Today, I had Mersea Round the Island Race - local - the most easterly island of the UK (I think) and where we get all our oysters from. It joins the main land via 'The Strood' a causeway built by the romans that floods at high tide. This is the 3rd year I've done the race. My first time it was only 12.2 miles, but last year after the vicious storms, part of the sea wall was destroyed, so they adjusted the route to make it up to a half marathon, and now they have kept it like that, as half marathons are a bit more saleable. I knew I had a chance of placing today, as last year's ladies winner is in Wales doing another race, so I went into the race with 2 goals. #1 - beat last years time (preferably by 10 minutes) and #2 .... place (or top 10) - you can never really decide on placing until you know the runners there. Its a tough multi terrain race- completely flat, but you run on sand, sea wall,, gravel, shells, grass, etc. Anyway, it starts on sand, my nemesis, but at about 1.5 miles you go onto the road. I realised very early on that there were no women ahead of me, but was conscious that the sand was the toughest bit. I thought great! I can place!!! WOO hoo - just need to focus on the pace.
Being an island, wind is a challenge, and being June, so is sun! At the first water station, I could hear another lady just as I was leaving it. At the second water station she passed me - I made sure I stopped to have a drink at each station as it was hot and I wasn't carrying any water with me.
Within a few hundred metres I passed her again though. I felt really strong at half way, but knew from last year, that somewhere around 9/10 miles is beach running into a head wind. Surprisingly I managed this quite well, and got to 10 miles thinking I've got this! There's no way that she will catch me now. And this is where I also talked myself into being able to drop to a 9mm and still reach my time goal.
The last water station was just the other side of a caravan park where a lady had passed me (not the same one) - It was only 1.5 miles from the end, but it was getting really hot, and I always think health first. I saw she stopped to take a drink, so I did too - a very quick one. Then it was down a ramp onto another section of beach!! ARARGHGHGHGH!!!
My legs were exhausted by now. I decided to do Paula Radcliffe technique and count down from 300. She must have been about 10-15 metres ahead