Saturday, 21 October 2017

Storm Brian Buffets parkrun!


We woke up to high winds and driving rain this morning. Getting out of bed to drive over to parkrun before nine wasn't, I'll admit, an appetising thought, but on the other hand there's something exhilarating about being out in stormy weather, (I especially love running through it and coming home to a hot shower), so we got up, dressed in shorts and t-shirts and headed over to the local park.

There were a surprising number of people there, given the conditions. This morning's race was a cross country so it was wet and muddy. We set off at a brisk pace, buffeted about by the high winds and spat at by the rain. The first hill began to sort the men from the boys and I gained a few paces (always encouraging) up it, and managed to hold on to them on the following downhill.

It's a three lap course and I kept getting glimpses of M, and our friends Matt and Rob who were all up with the leaders. It was one of those runs where everything clicks into place (let's hope I haven't peaked too soon as we've got a race tomorrow!) and I felt comfortable and that I was running steadily and at times strongly. I wasn't especially fast, but I felt technically it was a good run. The wind trying to blow you off your feet in places didn't help with a speedy time and the puddles were interesting- lots of people tried to skirt round them, I just did what I usually do and ran through the middle. Great fun.

On the last lap I pushed on up the hill, got my breathing right and felt good all the way up, overtaking a few more tiring runners. The marshal at the top was trying to be supportive by telling everyone 'this is a horrible hill' but it made me reflect that, when you're marshalling, it's really important to be positive. Better to have said: "Great running, everyone! You're making that hill look easy!" instead of commiserating about how tough it was. Your mental approach makes a world of difference to the way you run, especially on the final lap of a race.

I found out last night that I won my age category in last week's race (by default really- the lady who won it also came top three in the whole race, and as you can't get two prizes for one race, I've slipped in), so I've got £10 prize money, free entry to next year's competition and a trophy! Dead chuffed- it's the first running prize I've won (unless you count our village fete fun run, which I don't :o) ). Anyhoo, I was thinking about this as I ran this morning and it really gave me a boost. Definitely a lesson to remember. Think strong: run strong.

I finished with a strong sprint and grinned when Conqueror of Mountains John said: how come you look so elegant when you're finishing and we all looked utterly ragged? Mainly because they'd all run twice as fast as me :o) Rob came in first place which was fantastic.

Brian is set to clear here tonight, so tomorrow's race should be a good 'un. I will report back. Lots of friends are running Abingdon tomorrow (fast, flat road marathon that gets used as a chance to nab a 'good for age' cat for London). Spare a thought for two Romsey Road Running buddies Captain Bex who's pulled her back and it's touch and go whether she'll be able to run, and buddy Brenda who hasn't had the best training run up to it and I know is approaching the race with less than confident feelings. Not ideal when it's a marathon, but she's hugely experienced and I have every confidence she'll pull it out of the bag.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend, and managing to stay dry/ not get blown over if you're UK based.

CT :o)

22 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your prize win. A huge boost. Good luck tomorrow. I hope the weather is more agreeable. X

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    1. Thanks, Jules. I'll settle for no rain for tomorrow x

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  2. Oh congratulations....you almost make me want to strap up my knee to the enth degree and have a go at ten yards! x

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    1. Start small.....you never know where it could take you. X

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  3. So you run two tough races in a row ? Or was the race today just a rainy and windy warm up for tomorrow ? You can tell I know nothing about running.
    So excited for your win. You are running your way up the ranks.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Today's was only three miles and not a proper race, although you can whizz round parkrun competitively if you want to. Tomorrow's is a proper race, but only six miles so not too far. Back to back they should be fine. Very chuffed with the prizes :o).

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    2. hahahahahahaha you will like this, I am quite daft even before the brain bump. So I read parkrun as ParkRun the proper name of a run, not a run in a park !
      Hello !

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  4. Nicely done on a wild and windy day. The middle boy camped out last night believe it or not. Only in a friend's garden, but still. We went for a walk high up on the wolds. Mud and wind abounding, and rain too. Bertie and I looked ridiculous by the end of it all, our hair had all gone wrong. He had a bath when he got home he was so muddy. All happy now. And sleep, sleep everywhere. Very well done on your first win, excellent news, and good luck tomorrow. CJ xx

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    1. Sounds like a proper Wuthering Heights weekend :o). Did you see Heathcliff out striding The Wolds? Hope tomorrow is more controllable hair-wise xx

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  5. My legs are just to dead to run quick at the moment, ankle got very sore the other day. Today I had one of my "no energy" days today, which has made me angry.

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  6. Congratulations on your prize money - and a shiny trophy too! Good on you for running in Brian and good luck for tomorrow. Just walked back from our local theatre and the wind seems to have calmed down a lot; hopefully it should make it a bit easier for you. Have fun. xx

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  7. Sounds like you finished in fine style. Good luck for tomorrow. We’ve been enjoying the full force of Brian as we headed down to Cornwall today:). B x

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    1. I've just read your blog! Glad you all arrived in one piece x

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  8. Well done to you, what a great boost to your �� running regime... powers you on!
    Glad storm has passed over!
    Xx

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  9. The sun is out this morning, I hope your run today is dryer, but the ground will still be very wet, take care. Well done on the win last week.

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    1. Not too bad as on metalled roads this time.

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  10. Congratulations on your prize! I think your buffet just arrived here. It's blowing the fog away so no excuses. Have to test the old calf muscle today! See if it still works. I've got a gadget with a lot of metal balls, a black roll, and a hard ball, to try and save some physio money. Never had these problems when I was a young 60 years.

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  11. Congratulations on the prize money and coming first in your category. Sarah x

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Thank you for leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading them and will try my best to reply to every one. CT x