Posted: 02/02/2014 at 15:38
Some impressive long runs going down, 2Old, Barry, Carrot, Mini, Chick.
Blackmoor Vale 1/2M for me today, very undulating course with over 300M of climbing on a cool sunny morning, 500 strong field so plenty of company. Wasn't at all sure that my groin and knee would hold out for 21K at race pace. Did a 1 mile warm up and whilst not pain free it wasn't too bad.
So off we went I didn't know the course so hung back and the only goal was too beat my club mates who run in the same pace group as me at training. All five shot away from me but not to worry there is a long way to go. First half of the race was basically up hill, quite a big hill as it goes. As we crested the top at around 9K all five club mates were back in sight. Down the far side they remained at a constant distance, once the course headed up hill once more the first one was passed, then the second. I wasn't too sure that my groin was going to hold out, but the pain level was constant and not getting any worse. On we went and came to the last big hill up to the finish one mile of constant climbing quite a bit of it at 15%. Caught numbers 3 & 4 on the steep bit and then out sprinted no 5 to the line. Job done 1-42-02 as per my Garmin happy enough with that . By the time i got home i couldn't actually walk without limping but who ever said i was sensible. Guess i better ride my bike for a few days.