Saturday, 22 October 2011
Anyway, we also gave a lift to a friend of my daughter's who was doing his first marathon, in fact his first race of any kind, he pitched his tent next to the pod and settled down in his many sleeping bags and rather large cake!. We headed to The Anglers Arms for a lovely huge bar meal. We were also pleasantly surprised to find a club mate and her family parked opposite us in their campervan.
Sunday dawned wet and horrible, and basically remained wet and horrible for the rest of the day. I must admit that there was an issue about the parking and bussing that fairly irritated me and I was going to send an e.mail to the organiser but in the light of what happened later in the race it seemed petty so I didn't. We did the usual pre-race faffing about for a bit longer than usual because the race was delayed by half an hour.
Jamie and I lined up and set off, Jamie soon left me and I was tootling along at the back of the race, I just do my own thing (in fact on the Fetch, people who are at every race, thread - I'm probably labelled Woman who runs like a duck -). I was joined by Flip and Lisrun (Fetch names), Lisrun said hi and continued but Flip jogged along with me for the first 5 miles. I popped into the loo and he went on to catch up with his friends. It was lovely to chat with him, but I was worried I was holding him back. I worry about this a lot.
Headed back home next day stopping off at Newcastleton at a lovely tea room for cakes, yummy. All in all a lovely if wet weekend away.
In conclusion, obviously not enough marathon type training to make any kind of dent in last years time. I didn't take the event seriously in a participating way but I feel it was good to get those miles on that terrain into my legs and even more importantly into my head.
Have been slowly getting back into routine, nice easy club runs, resuming speedwork etc., Also tomorrow we start on the winter dog walks with dog club. We're up the Drumlanrig woods. It'll be wet, but I'm really looking forward to it.