No easter eggs for me this Sunday, instead I ventured to the lovely Leicestershire village of Hose for the Vale of Belvoir half marathon in a reasonably positive frame of mind and looking forward to a seasons best this being my first half of the year!
Met up with clubmates Aileen and Lucie in the village hall and during the course of conversation I mentioned that the only problem I had was the insect bites on my back and tummy which didn’t seem to want to go away. “Let’s have a look” said Aileen (being of a medical persuasion – OK so it’s GU medicine but that’s near enough for me!), “that’s not an insect bite” says she “that’s shingles!” And jumping forward a few hours to when I got home and checked it out on the internet she’s quite correct (not that I ever doubted her you understand!) – oh bugger!
Back to the race and I lined up at the rear of the 500 strong field with thoughts of my imminent demise running round my head when the hooter sounded we were off! Even though there are some distinctly hilly hills in the area the course expertly manages to avoid them all and could at worst be described as rolling and the weather was dry with decidely runner-friendly temperatures. No excuses there then so I thought I really ought to give it my best shot.
I was rather chuffed to get to the 10 mile mark in 1:41 but I struggled a bit in the last 3 miles and crossed the line in 2:13:11 which is a fair bit quicker than I’ve been running of late so it does rather prove to myself that I can do it if I put my mind to it!
I was then asked to partake of Aileen and Lucie’s picnic which brought a very pleasant end to a somewhat mixed morning – ran a time I’m happy with and was diagnosed with a condition only old gits get but on the plus side (and having done a bit more research) it does appear that I’m not about to snuff it just yet!