Last night I painted my toe nails, go faster gold, packed my bag, laid out my clothes (including baggy non chaffing knickers), charged my Garmins (yes that’s and another story for another blog) and set my alarm for very nasty o’clock for a Sunday morning o’clock.
I had my happy scale sorted….
Happier:- A time just over the 2 hours
Happiest:- A sub 2 hour time
I thought of things to worry about on the 2 hour drive up to Wales, like I’d forgotten my Garmins, the toll bridge (yes the Welsh charge us to enter their country although it’s free to leave which must speak volumes but not sure what it says really) would not accept my credit card and the only cash I had was for parking and what would I do about parking if I had no cash…… Etc, by the time I got to the car park, I pulled in to the first spot, yanked on the hand brake and dashed for the loo, just making it in time!
It was cold and started to rain as we waited for the start and I pondered why on earth I put myself through this stress, really isn’t it meant to be fun? Why stress?, it’s not like A) I am going to win B) I am going to win my age C) I am going to get a new old ladies world record. But stress I do. Wish I could rock up chilled, and just go out and enjoy, not worrying about times, or pace.
Cutting to the chase the run went well, the first mile a bit congested, I think they are allowing too many entries, after that time flew by. Special mention to the……
Man pulling a cross, I may not understand your religious convictions,but I applaud your stamina, strength and courage to undertake such a task.
Spider-Man – really wished you did not run so near me all the way, I got tired of hearing the crowd shout “come on spidey”
The lady with the irritating cough-fore goodness sake have a drink of water
Wheelchair athletes-simply well done
The man carrying a 50lb back pack-wow
The crowds were amazing and having run the route last year, it was nice to recognise the sights, but interestingly not a Jelly Baby in sight!
My time? 1:56:07 (last year 2:07:10) so as you can imagine I am beyond happiest! All that and I got a nice medal and shirt too