Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:52
Mamafox - great report! Loved reading it
Big G - dogs are great! I'd have one in a moment if my husband wasn't allergic! The one problem I had in my 'previous life' is that nobody wanted two lively retrievers to look after, althought they did like going to kennels. You're right, it is costly, and you need to book in advance is you want the good ones!
Fraserburgh Half for me yesterday, and I got a PB. It was a wet (really wet rain and misty stuff) and a bit breezy in places; conversely there were times when the wind was at our backs. Set off for a warm up and decided to make it short as the drizzle started. Missed the club photo as I was in the toilet having a last minute wee!
Then we were off! They'd tried to get people to line up,in time brackets as we were straight out and onto the main road (stay on the pavement) for the first mile and a bit. As usual, within the mile you couldn't get past people easily and there were a few folk grumbling about having gone too fast. Line up further back then!
Settled into a nice even pace, mile 1 in 7:32, then mile 2 in 7:14 (Not so even!) At this point I wished my running buddy 'good luck' and told him to go on without me. He said no, just trying to run a steady race and we continued together. Mile 3, 7:25, mile 4, 7:34, and around this time I decided to push on as I was feeling good. 7:18, 7:16, and I saw the back of a clubmate. She saw me as we embarked upon a wee off road section along the old railway line. They'd cleared this of water and it was single file so I caught up, another 7:16, and as we came off it and onto the road I pushed ahead. I expected her to come along, but resisted the urge to look back.
Practising my mindful running, I focused purely in how my body was feeling now and pushed any thoughts of PBs or keeping the pace going for miles out of my head. 7:15, 6:56, passed another running buddy who told me this was where is passed him last year; urged him to come with me, but he later said I was just too strong for him; 7:20, 7:13, back onto the main road into the town, 7:16, still pulling past people regularly, nobody passing me, 7:15, passed the club cheering contingent which spurred me on to keep going, and one last push up a slippery grass section to the finish - call that a sprint?!? (6:53) An old Jog Scotland buday got me here!
Totally delighted to finish with an official time of 1:35:58! I've no idea where that came from but I'm so pleased. Onwards and upwards!!