Half term is done and its back to work tomorrow.
Its been a nice week, a good mix of running, swimming, cycling, sewing, shopping and James Bonding.
In line with my plan to run more off-road, today was my first 10 mile 90% off-road event, notice the reluctance to avoid the use the word ‘race’. To me this was an event, an event to enjoy, an event to train my legs and lungs for the March event of all events!
Start time was 11 am, by this time the fog had lifted and the temperature was unseasonably warm for this time of year. The course started at a local private school, where we did one large loop of the spacious grounds before heading out in to the countryside. The terrain was certainly multi-terrain, road, mud, grass, footpaths, tracks, stones, cycle paths, forest paths, hazardous tree root sections and because it was Devon some undulations. It was well organised, with lots of friendly marshals, I think I might be back to do this one.
I ran without looking at my pace at all and as I was approaching the finish line, I looked up to read the finish clock. I was amazed with the time and even managed a spurt passing (thankfully) two women in my age bracket and a 60-year-old woman (well done to her!). I came in 5 minutes under my predicted time to be met with Madam who was also surprised by my efforts and remarked “and you weren’t even going for it!” She’s right, I wasn’t but I wonder what I could have done if I had gone for it? One thing is for sure though I bet I would not have enjoyed it so much.