Finally, after 2 failed attempts due to injury, I made it to the start line of a half marathon – the Edinburgh Half Marathon 2016. Having entered my girlfriend for this race as my Christmas present to her (such a thoughtful boyfriend…), I thought I should also enter myself for it. It’d be a nice challenge for the two of us to do together, and I would finally get a result up for a half marathon.
I managed to grab a place at the Cambridge Oktoberfest 5k from a friend at my local running group in Boston, and I’m glad I did, it was a blast! I’ve never been to a 5k that finished with free beer, food and a dance party – all before noon – but I’d certainly go again! Continue reading Cambridge Oktoberfest 5k – Race report
My running career might have only been going a year, but I was really disappointed this weekend to clock up my first “DNS” (did not start).
On Sunday I was scheduled to take to the line at the Bath Half – my first half marathon. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as 3 weeks before the race I picked up some knee pain (suspected ITB issue). Since then I’ve been off running and “rehabbing” like mad with lateral leg lifts, strength exercises, foam rollering and then cross training with a bit of swimming, but it didn’t happen in time. Continue reading Bath Half – Did Not Start
I was mostly just happy to be able to race this, having picked up a little cold in the week and started antibiotics for a tooth infection. But I was able to make it on a beautiful, if a little windy, day out at Wormwood Scrubs, in the shadow of the prison of the same name. The course was a fairly easy 2 laps around the park and some sports pitches. I heard that flooding had prevented us from heading into the woods, but it certainly left some great puddles on the course, as captured brilliantly in a photo by fellow Serpie, Lars Menken. Continue reading Met League XC – Wormwood Scrubs Race 5
What a beautiful day for a race, and a great race!
Sunny and warm for January but very, very muddy. This is my third cross-country race, and already I’m learning more about mud than I really wanted to know. This time the mud was soft and sticky, almost like clay and it makes it so much harder to pick your feet out of the mud, let alone have something to push against. I think running 5 miles XC is like 8 miles on the road. At least that is how I felt! Continue reading Met League XC – Horsenden Hill Race 4