Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
Despite the weather, we were pretty outdoorsy!
Saturday morning I was like a spring chicken so I’m glad I just chilled on Friday! We decided with all our extra energy we would do 2 races for bants! The 1st: Hazlehead Park Run. Wowzers there were a lot of puddles!!!! I am such a sissy girl when it comes to puddles normally but in this case I was a total fairy!! Cue arms flapping all over the place and girly screams whenever my foot gets wet for 20 whole minutes. I think Kyle was embarrassed running with me (my race pace is his warm up pace, and with his niggling Achilles he didn’t want to push both races!) but at least I had someone to talk to (although my extraordinarily heavy breathing did get in the way!)
Also, despite waking up in plenty time to do a sufficient warm up, we are total faffers, so my time of 20.22 had to be my warm up for the 2nd race! My 2nd worst time ever in a 5km but, with the conditions and hills, I’ll take it! Plus, I was too busy yapping to NEWLY-ENGAGED speedster Stuart Milne (overall winner) in the 1st half mile about the engagement holiday to really race! 1st place female so I’ll take it.
Then it was on to Tyrebagger for a charity Children In Need race! An hour after our 5km, we had 8km on what I was told would be “a slightly undulating route, not too dissimilar from Hazlehead Park Run”.
I had never been to Tyrebagger before, and whenever Kyle and I come across a hill together he sees it as a speed bump when I see it as Everest, so no one warned me how HILLY this race would be!! Holy moly!!
When at my fittest, I am not too shabby on the uphills, but I cannot run downhill to save my life! Guys were bounding past me at every steep downhill and I had to work to catch up and get them again on the uphills! Kyle ended up winning and I was 2nd female so good team effort from us!
We thought we were hardcore running twice but Callum was BEASTING his Saturday by doing the Aberdeen Park Run, then cycling to Tyrebagger (7ish miles?), coming 3rd overall in the hill race, to then cycle home!! All this 1 day before Fraserburgh Half Mara yesterday where he beasted that too – 83 mins in awful conditions!! Well done dude!
Let’s bear in mind I do not do trail races. I am a city girl (if we include Aberdeen as a city) and hate peeing outside, cleaning myself in rivers, being stung by nettles, being bitten by beasties…you get the jist. Add a race to this mix – think rocks, puddles, mud (LOTS of it), plants and trees in the way, slippery bridges etc – and I finished the run not the happiest of bunnies!
In road races my preference, upon finishing a race, is sitting on an actual seat. One can then select a beverage and snack of one’s choice from an array of treats being handed out by friendly volunteers out of tents and stalls. One can use an actual working toilet. One can rest and recover indoors with heating and warm showers.
In the outdoors, I forget this. I finished the race. I then proceeding to sit in faeces. Yep, straight in there. I didn’t even think. Remember above, when I said I was a sissy girl, yeah that happened again. Lots of screaming; attention-drawing, damsel in distress type screaming. Kyle and Callum were in stitches for the duration of our cool down…!
I tried to get Kyle to take a pic (for all the non-squeamish readers) but he was laughing too hard that he completely missed! Proof:
(never did I think it would be difficult to miss my butt!)
What a mess. Literally.
BACK TO THE GOOD
After an afternoon of more Walking Dead and pjs, we had a wedding to go to! One of Kyle’s admin girls was getting married at Aberdeen Uni and we were invited to the after party! She was gorgeous! It was so much fun, and we even won a bottle of Champagne for winning Blackjack at the “Casino”!
It was an awesome night! Slightly too much wine, as made evident on my long run the following morning, but hey ho that’s for another time!
(we scrubbed up well!)
(out of his sweet stash, Kyle gave me these. How romantic….excuse the stovies stain)
(the wee ones were playing the piano for me so I was cornered by myself for quite some time)
(…but that didn’t matter because I went on to win some Champers!!)
Questions for you:
Anyone race this weekend?
Did anyone watch Children in Need?
Ever won anything at someone else’s wedding?!