Saturday, 2 October 2010

Old Man

It's been another rather long and depressing week of non-running. It's now over two months since the leggy went all silly on me but the end of my running ban may be in sight. The pain had reduced gradually to a constant niggle and is now feeling more like a bit of tightness. Though I'm £200 poorer and very bored by the sound of my own voice every time anyone asks how it's going, I think I might be over the worst.

A welcome distraction this weekend was the Lakeland Trails Race at Coniston. M had it in his race diary as a bit of change from the roads; a nicely challenging but enjoyable 15k tour part way up Coniston before a loop to the left to contour the rugged shoulder and a nice fast return descent through muddy trail and open fields. The event boasted some great names on the entry list, including fellow club mate Vic Wilkinson who looked awesome and placed 4th overall with an impressive lead over second lady, Lizzie Adams. Vic has been enjoying a blistering season after a major foot injury and surgery in the summer of 2009; she's a running inspiration if ever there was one... 

M had a fine run though was cussin' his choice of shoes by the end; the road racers failing him on every turn of the muddy tracks after the heavy rains all week long. Thankfully for me the event was held under blue skies and glorious sunshine; a forgiving interlude to the downpours. M finished 8th overall and I reckon he was up for the V40 prize had he been willing to hang around for the rather late prizegiving. The old road racer ran impressively well, holding his own against some expert trail racers and all in soggy road shoes! M's running just goes from strength to strength; I've got some serious catching up to do if I'm ever gonna show who's the real running boss in this house. [I just know I'm gonna live to regret typing that]. 

Well done too to local running star Marc Springer of Horsforth Harriers. Marc's the type who looks good in mud and there was plenty of that about. An awesome race from the Horsforth Vet despite having raced 25 miles last weekend! Full race results here.


kate said...

good stuff M! surely he must be a muddy convert now ;)

ultra collie said...

i think a nice pair of innov8's should be on his santa list..well done to him
hope you're back soon rb

Hayfella said...

Great to hear the leg's on the mend. It's horrible this not-running lark isn't it! I agree totally with uc: M should play in the innov8 shop

Anonymous said...

The issue was decision making, not opportunity (my rack of x-talons, roclite and mudrocs were sitting staring smugly at me when I got home) - I was lulled into a false sense of security by the slide show snapshots of the course, showing broad, smooth, runnable tracks all the way.....very selective shots, it turned out! I should have known something was afoot (pun intended) when I looked around on the start line and saw all of the trail and fell shoes....Lesson learned for next time - I have unfinished business there! M

chris mcpeake said...

sucks that you have not been able to run for so long. Good luck with your recovery

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