Furnace Inn 5k Boxing Day Race
Did this for the first time last year, with my brother. Unfortunately this year he had a bad back so he just came to carry the bag. But mrbeanz and teenbeanz were fit to run, so we gathered at the start - and this year I knew lots more of the other runners, which was good.
The course starts at a pub, runs through a lovely park (which some of the local runners use for hill training) and along the river - mostly along part of my 4 mile off road route. (Last year it missed a bit out down a steep road in the village, owing to the icy conditions.)
So off we go, I started with my V60 club running partner and another 'slow' lady, but the initial hills caused me to drop back from them, a few walks there I am afraid.
After the first mile or so I am at the back, apart from a couple of fancy dress 'Little Britain' runners who have a weheel chair which one of them rides in on the down hill bits, btut they push empty u the hills and across the grass. As we come back with about a quarter of a mile togo they decide they cannot go any further and drop staright down to the finish instead of completing the last killer loop! I wonder if they are the same two chaps who wore santa suits last year and dipped out of the last loop?
So I am definitely last now, tracking a couple of ladies about 100 metres ahead. I keep going but cannot quite catch them before the finish.
As usual I hated the first fifteen minutes, hated the hills, but enjoyed finishing.
So the numbers:
|1||13:02||152||uphill and on grass|
|2||11:47||147||downhill and level!|
|3||12:38||150||level and up|
|0.11||12:08||169||race for the finish!|
Mainly that I must lose weight, and keep training of course!!
Oh, and teenbeanz beat mrbeanz - for the first time in a race!!
Disposed of all the relatives this morning, taking my Mum home and driving back through snow flurries, reminded me that there may be soem cold training runs ahead.
The plan is written and the rest of the week requires :
a couple of 4 milers and an 8 miler.
I must take the first opportunity of decent weather to do the 8 miler, as the 4 milers can always be done on the tready.