I’ve Gone Cuckoo


This week I ran the Cleeve Cuckoo in Bishops Cleeve near Cheltenham.  It is a 5.75 mile…ish off road run , up some terrific hills and down some terrific hills.  There were trail runners there along side road runners a run for everyone who likes that challenge.

 

As always I’d convinced myself I’d treat it as a training run and enjoy the view and when I arrived a lot of club members were there including Steph who nearly beat me at my last 10k, so that was it I had to race 🙂

Lots of happy runners all set off up the first slight hill and I made sure I was ahead of Steph, approaching the top the hill Allie a vet runner began to pass me and said “well done” this was a lovely gesture which I returned, but it was like a red rag to a bull and I pushed on up the hill to make sure I was ahead of her :/

My plan was to run all the hills – how naive I was!! I walked with others up about 3 hills and the lactic acid in my legs made it hard for me to get running again but I did.  Harder than the up hills were the down hills, my original plan was a no fear plan which worked well untill I slipped a little and fear set in which caused me to shuffle penguin like for a few yards untill I got myself together. 

 My slow downhill descent meant that another club mate went flying past me on the down (Liz who won the vet 55 ladies prize 🙂 it took me some effort to get past her going back up.  Whilst I pushed slowly up and took in the gorgeous scenery another club mate passed me and I put in all my effort to try to first of all catch her and then go past, on route I encouraged another club mate Rob to keep running and he told me he’d hurt his back.  Its amazing what the prospect of someone maybe beating you can do for a bad back as he soon picked up his pace and was in front of me!!  It took untill another hill that I passed him on to a wide open space and the downward view to the finish, I motored along happily and then on my left hand side Rob appeared,’ whats happened to that back I asked? he told me it was much better as he beat me over the finish.  It was a great run and I felt great !!!  even though I had been beaten by Rob, I was the first lady from my club and also not totally worn out I’d had fun. 

Coach Den and Doug both say I  should not be so happy or have loads of energy left at the end of a race if I’m running to win but sometimes you have just got to enjoy what you do for reasons other than the win or the time you do it in!!

 

HAPPY RUNNING HAPPY PEOPLE 

🙂

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