Posted: 24/11/2014 at 14:03
Brer - wow
Conwy was gorgeous I plodded in happily at 2.26 having had a lovely time. Wasn't brilliant up to start I'd completely blocked up, the loo queue was huge (they really need to look at having a lot more in future) and the start was a bit chaotic. The first couple of miles were messy as I alternated between blocked and snot and I was finding breathing hard so did think I'd have to walk the Orme but my friend stayed with me and we'd got chatting to a couple in the same facebook group as me so I didn't get chance to worry about it. The route out to Llandudno was all road (couldn't use the seafront path as not repaired after storms) and this made it a bit hiller than before but nothing that would of normally bothered me. Great support in Llandudno then turned up the Orme a bit of a bracing sea breeze as we rounded the first corner but no wonder those Victorians used to go there to take the sea air it sorted me out a treat and I unblocked dried up and odd I went no walking for me today. Sun came out and we had sparkling blue sea, amazing views and the noise of waves and seabirds to accompany us, then an RAF SeaKing appeared around the headland tucked right into the shoreline at just above road height and gave us the most amazing flyby the guys all waving at us and us all waving back.
Anyway made the top of the Orme then carried on down and back to the road home had no idea how I was doing as I'd purposely left my watch at home and it was so nice not worrying about was I too fast (ha) or slow definitely going to race this way again. Chatted to a few people for short spells and started passing a few who were walking then met another lady from my group and ran the last half mile with her till she practically ground to a halt in sight of the finish line - I told her no way was I letting her stop and we went over the line screaming and shouting together. Met up with Elly my friend who'd come in 2 mins ahead of me and Mr C who'd done a fabulous 2hr 17 despite his hip playing up most of the way round.
Felt fine after, Mr C and Elly were holding each other up and staggering together up the hill back to the carpark when I spotted a couple from club so I sprinted off to say hello then ran back up the hill to find my two who'd collapsed on a wall and were just shaking their heads that I was still running about. Did seize up once I'd stopped and sat in the car though we all hobbled out back at home.
Such a confidence boost though as I know now I can run a half without killing myself as I'd got a bit of a mental block on over that distance in training.