A wonderful write up form our very own Izzy - sit back and enjoy :)
If you are sitting comfortably, then I will begin... 'One wet and misty December 10th, up even before the lark had pressed snooze on the alarm clock. I limped out of the house. I mean, I cut my hair, faffed about wondering what to take; making myself late as a result of pressing stuff that couldn't wait. It made me think back to times of homework and exams…….
Eventually got to Pembrey, South Wales, at 9.10. Race start was 10am. Wee'd and poo'd, me and the dogs, warmed up as much as poss. **No wee or poo used for warm up!!
And so to the race! All two dogs went in the first wave. Set off at a fair pace, but then got over taken. One chap over took with his two hound type dogs, then they would piss about, so I would have to overtake. This went on for a while. It was a bit slowing, not his fault and they got going in the end, by which time a fair few other runners came along, so let them by, I did. I honestly needed a rest…but It does put one off ones stride.
Flo managed to wrap herself round a tree, then they dragged me into the pond. They both worked hard and Flo was well behaved. My bad foot held out to end of race, just.
Day two was a different story.... Sam was a nutter at the start, thus making Flo nuts too. I had to take them to one side. Honest to god they were crazy, I'm lucky to have some of my fingers left. Flo ran down the start line barking. From then on, any dog trying to pass Flo 'the bitch from hell', it was lunged at. I should have been ready for this. However, I was tired. The other different part of the story
It only took the first 1k to realise that, not only was it a mistake not to put the extra insoles in my running shoes (caused a rubbed toe the day before), but running at all was a problem. Where my right leg had taken all the strain of helping my left leg the day before, it said no fecking way the next day. Bloody 3 mins longer the 2nd day, nightmare!! And the slower I got the more peeps ran by the more Flo was a bitch from hell. Possibly a painful lesson??!!
I'd love to be happy with first prize, however, I'm not sure I can. I take home that I was faster than last year at same race and I was faster than a few peeps running that weekend but as I was the only one running it was by default!
Note from the NATBs – you have to be in it to win it #proudnatbs
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