All the good intentions to run Brighton were kind-of scuppered by the 30 October. Went out with friends for a bike ride, I only have a mountain bike but it works equally well on the roads and that is what we did. Not far or fast but a really enjoyable ride out on a foggy Autumnal morning.
Heading for a well earned brunch and disaster struck. As I was jumping my bike up the kerb, my pedal caught the paving stone and I was spat unceremoniously onto the floor. Landed heavily on my left elbow and at the same time banged my ribs. Thankfully I had a helmet on so any nasty head injury was avoided. After what seemed like forever (maybe half an hour) sitting on the cold floor trying to get my breath back (I’d winded myself quite badly) and refusing an ambulance I got up. My arm felt a bit peculiar. Insisting we went home before even contemplating A&E, one of my fellow cyclists called his wife to ferry me, OH and our 2 bikes home.
Took my expensive-with-holes-in clobber off and revealed a grazed knee and a slightly deformed elbow. Hi-ho, hi-ho, its off to A&E we go.
I was seen fairly quickly and there was no doubt that I’d done something unpleasant to myself – this was soon confirmed by an x-ray. Even a non-medic can identify the fractured bit. Sent home with a sling and ‘await a call for surgery’.
I must be insane.
While waiting for the VMLM 2017 ballot I registered my interest for the final release of Brighton Marathon places.
I didn’t get into London. I got the much wanted t-shirt. Felt a little bit disappointed but also a tiny bit of relief.
Nonetheless, when the email came inviting me to register for Brighton I decided to bite the bullet and sign up. Admittedly it took me some pondering whether to hit ‘Pay Now’ as the entry fee is quite steep. But after some gentle persuasion by my fellow running friends I did it.
9 April 2017 here we go!
This time I also need to sort accommodation out as it is quite a way from home with a 9.30am start.
Let the training begin.
Took a bit longer to achieve the target this month but still done with days to spare. Having a goal is great, makes me focus and get off the sofa. For some strange reason my ‘gut feeling’ told me not to enter the 100 Mile for November challenge. Good job really. Read on…
My 3rd time doing this event, and I had actually tried to give my place away so I could go out on the mountain bike instead – mainly due to my belief that I had not done enough training. Missed the deadline for entry transfer so had a choice to make.
Undeterred and spurred on by my friend Marie taking part I rocked up with a view of completing the distance in around 50-55 mins.
Marie, who has ‘not done much recently’ was also looking for a similar time so we agreed to run together. Which we did. And talked all the way around the course. The route was the same as the two previous years that I’ve doe it so was able to coach us up the hills at a steady pace to conserve energy.
We crossed the finish line in 49.00 – far better than either of us had hoped for. One other runner remarked to us that all she could hear during her run was us two chatting and wondered what time we would have got had we been quiet. Food for thought.
Got another nice Tshirt and enjoyed my banana. Treated myself to a leg massage and if pain is an indicator of how much one was needed, then Very Much was the answer. Legs felt brand new again afterwards.
Gun time 49.25, Chip time 49.00, Overall 401/1340, Female 65/596, Category FV45-54 17/140.