Jo's November Blog
Well it is nearly over! My crazy 6 race challenge comes to an end this Saturday and I realise I didn't blog about the last one at the beginning of October! I did a bit of writing but never finished it off, time goes by so fast no time to pause and think about life, I am so glad that I have been able to do this blogging because it does make me stop and think about my journey this year!
So 40k Sportive (Number 5)
Here I go again Sunday 40k GeoPark Sportive from Velopark Goodrington tough course via Blagdon, Marldon, Ipplepen, Berry Pomeroy, Stoke Gabriel, Galmpton & back to Velopark if you know those roads you know it ain't easy! I leave at 8am it will take me at least 3 hours, I am still a novice & I still have my cold which probably stuck around after doing the Ladies 10k in Donafield last week.
Ladies 10k has always been a lovely event but my PB was certainly not be achieved with a stinking cold, I really shouldn't have run it but a fab painting as the reward and amazing lemon cake pursuaded me it was the right thing to do! Good to support my lovely friend running it too and going through her own pain & challenges this running/training melarky brings! There have been so many similarities in our training, when it comes to running I have been doing it longer so the discussions we have about the highs and lows I recognise from when I started. It is the struggle with weight, food, time, to face our own demons and pain that we both identity with. It is the buzz and great feeling training gives us but also the constant fight against the difficulties maintaining a good weight and not reach for the cake and the wine!
My sister in law saw this post from 2008 and noticed my comment - "Has sprained her ankle after going for that damned run!" My comment... "Keeping fit, very dangerous probably why I don't do it!" Made me smile thinking about how things have changed :)
So back to the race, sorry it is not a race it is a Sportive, a chance to get out and cycle a challenging route to push yourself and enjoy the joint enjoyment of the sport. The alarm is set for 5:15am! It isn't just the training and doing the events it is this crazy getting up at ridiculous o'clock that makes me wonder what I am doing! I soon see why when I arrive to a lovely smiling group of people working hard to make the event a success and I am sure have been up way earlier than me.
Weather was kind but cold but we had some hot sunshine in the small lanes and battled up them hills. I was chuffed to not get off my bike on Parliment Hill just managing to ride past people who had got off and walked. Some going faster than me, maybe it would have been faster to walk! I did have to get off one hill later on thanks to my crunching gears.... Oh ok I am making excuses my legs screamed at me too.
I realised near the end that I could make it in the Bronze time. Even though it isn't a race there are time incentives set with Bronze, Silver and Gold which just push you a little to work harder. Hubby was there to see me back in and didn't eat my Bronze (orange) club biscuit. Happy to be back and see him, happy 40k, happy bronze, happy to have not fallen off.
Since then I have managed to get some running in, not as much as I would have liked as the darkness comes in so early, my late evening runs are more difficult, a bit of treadmill but keeping fit on a spinning bike good fun to keep the pounds off.
Quite an emotional couple of runs too, running in the heavy rain last week running along longmarsh (if you know it) not being able to see, I thought to myself, erm Mrs why are you doing this? I then remember my father in law and friend that Rowcroft have been there for and supported family and friends along the way, of the people dying of cancer who need such wonderful people by there side and it keep me going even though now my vision was blurred with tears.
Then running to 12k route (well almost, went the wrong way and only did 9k) seeing the amazing views battling the steps, being jumped at by enthusiastic dogs wanting to run with me and realising this is living, this is fresh air and fantastic Devon! More tears, this time happy tears :)
So that is why I do it, not only for my fitness, for my health but for the health and well being of loved ones, for the joy of life & living & inspiring others, someone telling me my run in the rain has inspired people to also go running in the rain!
So please join me and many others on Saturday 14 November at 11am Goodrington beach - GeoPark Adventure event Number 6 to run or to support and please give to Rowcroft!