HOME RUN: LAINEY
The first Worthing Half Marathon on February 14th, this year, was too good an opportunity to miss in our home town. But with no running training (just skiing for me and gym for Sigs) before hand, could we still complete it without walking (or popping home for tea as we passed our house six times!)?
I flew home from the French Alps two days before the race, having done only a handful of runs in the mountains at the end of January, when is was unseasonably warm with no snow on the roads. Siggy, meanwhile, in Worthing, had been concentrating on gym work and weights.
There was an impressive turnout for Worthing's first Half Marathon with nearly 1500 runners lining up near the Lido on a chilly February morning. The route took us along the prom and then wiggling around the backstreets of West Worthing, a pebble's throw from our house. At around 7 miles we headed west towards Goring Gap. When we turned back east for home with two miles to go, we were slapped in the face by an icy easterly wind. Which didn't help.
I was struggling somewhat to keep running, but Siggy forged ahead. She even managed to sprint the last 400m along the prom to the finish....AND keep smiling!..
I finished, ironically, in the same time as Vegas., 2hrs 14mins - and ninth woman over 55. Without training. The trouble is, I couldn't walk for three days!
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