Crathes Half Marathon – Course Record and FINAL RACE AS A MOORE!

I was super excited for this one!

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It was the final race as a single woman, and the last one you’ll see on the entry sheet as Moore. There was zero pressure because I don’t consider myself a true runner (BUT I secretly put a little bit on because a) I wanted a headline saying we were King and Queen of Crathes Castle, much like he and Fiona got in last year’s race!, and b) there were dolla dollas up for grabs and we are VERY poor right now!) and the last goal of my racing season was at the previous week’s Scottish Standard Tri Champs – which I won yippeeee!

The weekend was actually all about wedding, honeymoon and hen stuff ie CLEEEEAAAN the house for people staying, start packing for Bali because we wont have time nearer the big time (and we leave the following day!) and make sure we have everything sorted for the 30th September. BUT we love to do some form of activity every day so a local race fit in perfectly!

We woke up naturally around 7am (I say naturally, but Chewy tends to sit on our face at that time purring like a helicopter), grabbed coffee and started blitzing the place. Around 9am, we had our usual breakfast and another coffee, then at 11am we headed to Crathes.

We parked at the non-visitor side of the estate, on a country road near the race route. We jogged the 1km to registration (we were one of the last people to register – we knew there wasn’t much shelter and it was POURING!) and did a few strides, then changed into race gear.

Luckily, we only had to wait about 5 minutes until the race, so no time to get nervous (although myself AND Fraser got a bit antsy when we noticed Kyle still wasn’t at the front of the starters with the 2 minute to go call) and everyone seemed to be laughing at just how bad the rain was!

When the gun went off, Kyle was asking why I was still with him one minute in.

“Oh yeah, oops. I’ll say bye now. See you soon – have fun!”

…and then I backed off. Within the first kilometre (when we passed our car) I found myself in a group of maybe 5. There was a headwind so I tucked behind some tall guy from Dubai.

On the downhill I took the lead, but then I was left there until about 5km. I turned around to try and get some help in this constant headwind but no one overtook, so I then just chose to run my own race.

At the 1st significant hill, a couple guys pulled away. I reeled one back in but the other went off. Then I noticed 2 guys had fell off the back, so I was running in a group of 3.

We hit the 1st trail section which was SUPER MUDDY!!!!! My trainers got soaked immediately but I tried as best I could to avoid major puddles. When my watched flashed the 1st mile in that trail as a 6.11 I was a bit concerned I was trying too hard to avoid mud and that might catch up with me. It was a flat mile but so technical and slippy that I should have been about 10seconds slower.

The trail lasted about 2km and hitting solid road again was amazing! There were a few spectators and dog walkers out but I wasn’t expected any given the weather, so was sure to wave at them to say thanks for coming out!

I hit 10km in about 38.30 – 30 seconds faster than my time in the Great Aberdeen Run…oops! That’s an oops to the GAR by the way, because at this point I still felt pretty good!

A couple of miles later, the rain was just turning to spray and the sun was starting to come out, so that cheered me up and kept me on pace.

Then there was a pretty big hill where those 2 guys I was with managed to get a gap on me. Grrr. I tried (and managed) to catch up, but then there was a HUGE downhill where my little legs couldn’t match their long ones and 1 dude got away and finished about a minute ahead of me.

Onto the second trail I began to lag. I think pushing it on that downhill to try and not get dropped, along with that speedy trail mile earlier, made me a bit tired. I was lagging and could have used a gel (I decided against one that morning just because it was a cool day and didn’t think I’d need one…wrong again). I was dropped by the 2nd dude and so was in no man’s land for those final 5kms.

In my head I was thinking what the worst possible pace I could go before finishing would be. Then I realised even if I did 7 minute miles for the next 3 miles I would still get a sub1.25.

So then my mindset changed after my 11th mile was a 6.34. Hmm I could get a decent PB here (I know I should be a bit faster but I haven’t done a proper half in years and my last half was hilly Fraserburgh last year!). Ideally on a course with no trails, or mud, or hills, or wind, and with specific training and a taper, I feel I should be able to break 80 quite comfortably.

Then I realised mile 12 was up a never ending hill, where you could see the full mile in front of you. Pretty demoralising! I managed that one in 6.42 but it felt a lot worse than that. When that mile beeped, I knew the last km w05as downhill (again, back to where I parked!) so a couple more calculations later I though Fiona’s record from last year was on! I just had to run a 4minute km down to the finish.

I saw Kyle with 800m to go. He was on his cool down and did here 1st lady wasn’t too far away.

“What the hell are you doing here? That course was mental!”

“Sorry, can’t talk – think I might break Fi’s record”

“Sprint then!!”

“This is me sprinting!”

…and off I waddled to cross the line in 1.22.27 and a new CR.

Kyle was 6 minutes faster than anyone else, going 1.11 – just a couple seconds shy of Robbie’s record (if only he’d known what it was !) – so he was elated too! It gave him the confidence he needed for the Loch Ness marathon on Sunday!

What was best was at presentation when Fraser announced that the race of the day was not Kyle’s, but mine! *cue evil laugh here!*

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He then announced that it was an even more significant race for us given we were getting married 2 weeks later! The entire crowd just went “awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwh” so we laughed a lot at that!

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What made it even better was that Carolyn was there and SMASHED her PB!! She started running in January (only 3kms) and managed a 2.06 on THAT course! She is such an inspiration to working mothers out there who let exercise take a back seat for a while.

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Afterwards, Mum and Keith came over to help us sort the house out (any excuse for an Alford Tandoori 😉 !) and we had a lovely Sunday catching up on life and wedding admin!

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…Then I was headed to Paris the following day for meetings so no rest for the wicked! There were far more croissants and wine consumed so here’s hoping the dress fits ONE WEEK TODAY!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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1st Race in a Metro Vest & a baby

The Livingston relays are on Sunday and I can excitedly say I am part of a relay team! I have never ran for a team, but Metro are so positive and encouraging (and love a drink) so I was sold on joining them and am now pumped to hopefully get a good result for the females in a couple days! Myself and Princess Fiona are doing a 6 mile leg, while fellow relayers(?) Ginie and Katie are doing the 3 mile leg. They are all super fast so I hope I don’t let the side down! The men’s team is looking pretty darn strong too, so it should be a really fun day!

Training has been going well – did over 20 hours last week (1st time since Ironman training!) with some good quality sessions, and this week is a bit of a cutback week. Not really feeling this week though, I have lost my mojo – I’ve felt pretty tired and sluggish (too many Easter eggs perhaps?). This is totally normal, so if you feel that way too sometimes don’t be disheartened!

I forced Kyley Babez out with me on Tuesday night in the hailstones for a short interval session, which really helped with morale! Not sure I would have coped alone. He was acting as if my 5.30 pace was a stroll in the park, though, which I find offensive!

But if world record pace can be on in horrible conditions in Cardiff, I could manage some 4minute efforts for a while, right?

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I was gutted for their final couple of miles! I think they could have come close!

I have also been back in the kitchen this week. I was craving pizza on Wed night but didn’t have any in, nor had I prepared any dough in advance. I tried coconut flour pizza dough and, although tasting nothing like pizza, it filled a hole.

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(Yes, that is a teddy bear shaped baking tray)

I just googled a recipe and chose one of the 1st ones… 1/4 cup coconut flour, 4 eggs. 1.5 tsp cornflour, 1 cup plain yoghurt, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, salt & pepper. Mix then bake at 200C for 10mins!

I also baked cookies because the above is just far too healthy for me.Pretzel and chocolate chunk = heaven!! Recipe here!

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I had to laugh at what I received in the post recently…since I was in so often, I was asked to fill out multiple questionnaires on my “experience”!

I was actually back at hospital yesterday for some knee photographs. It was very eerie being back again and I didn’t like it 😦

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You’ll notice my new Aqua Sphere Kaiman Exo on the table there too…I feel like a rockstar in them with the extra dark lenses!

 

 

 

And in other news….WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(April Fools!!)

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We are having a kitten!

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We are getting the one on the right!! She is beautiful and we pick her up a week today!!

Mum & Keith are actually getting the one on the left so the siblings can have play dates!

Aren’t they SO adorable in their Easter basket?! I’m not a huge cat fan, but apparently ragdolls have the persona of a dog (really friendly, like to play etc) so I cannot wait!!

Hope you’re all having a good week!


 

Cat or dog person?

Any funny pet names?

Coconut flour: yay or nay?