Well, today saw me return to the world of competitive running - at last!
After injury, holidays then races being cancelled it was finally time to don vest, pin on number, warm up, stand in a line then test my metal against others....
The Berwick On Tweed leg of the Borders Cross Country series. And a cold, windy and wet experience it was. And I loved it!!
Usually at this event the tide is out, and for the first long straight section along the beach, then on the return, you are able to run down towards the waterline to take advantage of the firmer sand. Not today.
I don't know exactly when high tide was, but I'll bet it wasn't very long after the start of the race. So we were forced onto the softer rougher sand that just seems to take it out of the legs.
Still. It's a race and it's the same for everyone.
Along the beach, up a path to the cliff-top walkway then along there for a bit before turning and coming back the way you came. Only this time into a biting cold headwind.
On the way back I was trying desperately to catch a couple of guys ahead of me so I thought I would try to find some firm sand. Mistake!
Moved down a wee bit towards the water - just in time for a big wave to crash into my right hand side and right over me up to my dangly bits. Very refreshing.
Happy enough with my time (29:57) but I'll have to see the results to get an idea of how I did compared to others.
Main thing is. I'm back. Another cross country next wee, then a 20 miler in Kesswick the week after that.