|Some of the Terrigal Trotters team on the way to the|
Woodford to Glenbrook 25km Trail Race.
My right Achilles tendon and heel remain very painful, but otherwise I have been feeling fit, so I was keen to see what I could do without any great pre-race expectations. Last year I ran 2:01 and was second in the 60+ age group. I hoped to go sub-2:00 this year and win the 60+.
It was a cold morning in the Blue Mountains with an icy wind, but the sun was shining and once we started running the cold didn't seem so bad. I started steadily with the goal of running within myself for the first 10 kilometres, and that approach worked well, though left me weaving through many of the 380-strong field on the rocky undulating fire trail. I didn't push it up the hills, trying to keep my breathing regular, but still sensitive to a pressure I could feel in the centre of my chest as my heart rate rose. This pressure may always have been there, but would have been unnoticed a year ago. A little worrying nevertheless.
|A whale wallowed just off Copa beach during my|
slow recovery walk this morning.
The last 10 kilometres of the race was on a gradual downhill section that seemed never-ending. By this time, my bad Achilles was very painful and I fought to maintain an even stride though every step hurt badly. I still managed to catch a few more people, though lost a couple of places in the last few hundred metres on the race to the finish line.
I was surprised and pleased to see my time of 1:52, and later to find I had won the 60+ age group by 20 minutes. A very satisfying day, though walking today has been very painful on my sore heel. I see a specialist this week to review my blood clot issues and hopefully get off the Warfarin. I'm not getting my hopes up.