Despite injuries curtailing my training and races for the first six months of 2017, it’s still been an excellent year for me. I targeted the Kilmarnock 10k Race, which also incorporated the West of Scotland Championship for my comeback race. It would be my first race as an MV60+ and I was fortunate enough to be the fastest in my age category on the day.
My next target was also in Ayrshire and held in the town of my birth, the Ayr 10k. It was a new race and the field wasn’t particularly strong but I still worked hard and improved significantly on my time in Kilmarnock to win the MV60 race.
Illness took its toll and I was suffering from man flu as I travelled from Glasgow via London and Bangkok to Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand. I struggled around the Half Marathon course, which turned out to be 22k long and was amazed to discover that I had placed 1st MV60 in the event.
I moved down to Chiang Mai and managed to place 5th, 4th, 3rd and then 2nd in my age cat at various local races. I travelled 100km south to Lampang to take part in the local 12.9km race and despite getting lost and adding an extra 2k on to my route, I still managed to place 5th in my race.
A visa run to Laos presented the opportunity to take part in the Nong Khai ASEAN Half Marathon in Isaan and to claim victory with my best race in a long, long time.
I had been running with an injured leg for a while and had an enforced break from running as the remainder of 2017 trickled away.
I’m not downhearted though, quite the opposite. It’s been a great year and only time will tell if my leg improves enough to allow me to race in 2018. I’ve started taking swimming lessons and with some cycling, yoga, pilates and gym work thrown in, I’ve trained a total of 909 times in the last twelve months, covering 4,935.35km and taken up 448 hours and 35min. Not too bad for an old yin.
There have been a few trophies this year, much more than any other year but just as important has been the number of friends that I’ve made along the way. Should auld acquaintances be forgot?
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Time 110hr 22min