I've been really unlucky this season with my running. So yet again I have to report persevering against the odds. A couple of weeks ago, I started getting shooting abdominal pains, but carried on training as normal. It has passed now, And My GP has confirmed that it was a bacterial infection. Anyway, I arrived on IOW on Saturday, ready for Sunday's race, and promptly left my senses behind. I had fish and chips for dinner, forgetting that my tummy was still convalescing. So I woke up in the night feeling really ill.
I wasn't in the best shape to undertake a 10 mile race on a hot day. Things got off to a good start when I met Ali before the race started. It was good knowing that I could look forward to seeing her as a marshal later on.
The race overlooks beautiful Carisbrooke Castle, but I couldn't find it (again)! Possibly because I started flagging before we reached the first mile. I just had to admit to myself that my legs had no energy to run up hills. It was strange, it was as if they had been completely drained. So I ended up walking a lot, making the most of the situation and admiring the views.
A lady in front of me gave up halfway, but giving up was never an option - they had made such a fun medal, and I wanted it! So I ran down all the hills, and as often as I could on the flat parts. I definitely ran more during the second half.
All the volunteers were fantastic, and cheered enthusiastically. The same was true of the locals. There was even a lady with pompoms! The sponge station wasn't til mile 6, which was welcome but a bit late for me. I dumped it down my front, leading to a nice case of chafing on my chest!
And I finally got the chance to try jelly babies during the race. I also had a cola candy, which was sickening. The jelly babies were just right, so I'm going to have to bring lots home with me. Knowing that I was going to see Ali at the end was also a boost.
I ended up finishing 13 minutes more slowly than last time. Not too bad, considering all my walking. I got to see Ali again afterwards and talk to some of the other runners.
So although my performance wasn't great, it was another enjoyable race on IOW.