Sunday, 29 April 2018

Bad Cow Half: Bogs, Bogs, Bogs.












Sometimes, racing is about learning what you don't enjoy. It's as valuable in terms of learning, even if it involves Type II fun (more fun recalling it later than doing it was at the time). Such was this morning's race. 

White Star are renowned for quirky, muddy, hilly, boggy and not-true-to-distance off-road runs. I've been training solely on the roads these past four months and it stupidly never occurred to me that the trails this morning might not be the most sensible thing to run, given that the marathon is four weeks today, and that my knee might take against being asked to strain and slide over what turned out to be closer to 14 miles than 13.1.

I ran the first nine miles dreading it would go pop as I slipped and slid, and my feet rolled over stones and I yanked them out of bogs. Mercifully, the knee held up to it all, but it was perhaps not my finest moment in terms of thinking ahead. I was also really tired and the entire race, apart from mile 11 to 12, was a slog. My time was about normal for me on a trail half and I was surprised when I checked the results later that I'd done as well as I had in terms of field and category position, I just didn't feel I'd run it particularly well.

So today taught me that I don't enjoy running through relentless bogs on a cold, windy day across blasted heaths. I am a confirmed Chalk girl: I need firm, well drained ground with big, sweeping hills and open views across green country. I'm glad acid heath exists, it's a really important ecological habitat, it just isn't my cup of tea in terms of landscape.

So, another half in the bag, a few more miles clocked in the legs and the knee tested more than it probably should have been at this stage of marathon training, but given that it was fine I think I've got away with it.

The moo cow buff, beer from the local Piddle brewery and oaty barley hazelnut biscuits which all the runners were given (along with the customary White Star Hug) at the end were nice touches. Now it's onwards and upwards to my final week of high mileage training before I start to ease off ahead of the marathon.

Hope you're all well and having a nice weekend?

CT :o)





26 comments:

  1. Really well done. I don't have to have experienced it to know I definitely wouldn't like running through bogs on a cold windy day, although I could possibly be tempted to for that medal, it's fab!
    Staying on firmer terrain this evening as I complete my 3.7 finish for Matt. X

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    1. Isn’t it lovely that there are so many different types of runs to chose from? Something for everyone. Good luck tonight- I found running those 3.7 miles emotional. I don’t know whether you’re on strava but there’s a club on there for people who are running for Matt so you can log the miles xx

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  2. Not my idea of fun either. I think I’d have given up after seeing that mud sign. Glad you made it through and the knee is holding out. Not long now til the marathon :) B x

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    1. Four weeks and counting, and only one long (20 mile) run left to do... xx

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  3. Glad you emerged from the mud unscathed. It looks like it was a real challenge, well done for getting a good time. I hope you're back to your nice clean chalk this week. CJ xx

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    1. It wasn't the most fun I've had... looking forward to the lanes and the Chalk xx

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  4. The things you do! It was really, really cold today, your run must have been awful. x

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    1. That made me smile, CK, thank you :o). I'm going to give myself permission NOT to do these kinds of runs again xx

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  5. What a fun run because I was not running it !
    It has to be a hoot !
    Love the sign, medel and running number, just the best !

    cheers, parsnip

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  6. Not even the cookies and beer would tempt me to run through that! Glad the knee held up well. xx

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    1. I think you’re wise. I didn’t massively enjoy it 🤨 x

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  7. Its like an energetic day at the spa...mud wraps all round. Mud glorious mud!!!
    Well done xx

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  8. I'm glad you are still fit after this race, it's a lesson learn't. I would be drawn to the name, I collect silly cows, so I love everything about this half marathon.

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  9. I was going to do a half at the weekend but luckily I discovered it was a no entry allowed on the day event. I ran a 15 km training session and saved myself 40 euro. These getting muddy races that seem to be the rage these days are not my cup of tea, a lovely forest trail or a scenic limestone with grazing sheep are the best.

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    1. Couldn’t agree with you more, Gwil. I don’t mind a bit of mud if it’s part of the route, but 75% mud isn’t my idea of fun either.

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  10. That mud signs isn't good! The buff is cool though- well done for getting through it!

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    1. One to chalk up to experience 🤔 x

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  11. Back in the day, I was never much of a distance runner, but loved orienteering, mainly for the 'off piste' experience. On wet and muddy days, it was beneficial to run through an early puddle so as to acclimatise to the occasion and therefore not waste time pussyfooting around the rest of the course. However, I would have to agree with you, mud for mud's sake is a very different form of physical challenge.

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    1. I always run straight through mud, pointless trying to avoid it and too much risk of slipping over.

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  12. Hmm beer for mud! Tempting but I don't think those type of runs would be my first choice either although I do envy all your lovely medals. My Mister did one of those endurance type 5k where you fling yourselves from one great muddy midden to another. He had great fun but each to their own! I'm back in the running saddle at long last too and it feels great. Lots of love! xx

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    1. Obstacle races are really popular. Not with me though 😉. So pleased you’re back running 👍👍👏👏🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ Xx

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