This past weekend I was involved with two races in Inverness. On Saturday I ran the Inverness parkrun and on Sunday Katrina ran in the Inverness Half Marathon.
Saturday – Inverness parkrun
I’ve been wanting to run this parkrun for ages but it never quite worked out so when I realised we are in Inverness this weekend as Katrina was running the Half Marathon it was perfect timing.
I have my first ultra next Saturday so again I like to do a parkrun the week before as it gives me a good indication of where my fitness is at.
I arranged to meet with good friend Ryan for a recce run before the race. We ran a couple of laps and Ryan pointed out the best line. The route is on grass and mud all the way round and there are 3 laps.
According to the results there were 139 running. I was advised by Gordon R to stay right at the first left hand turn. I realised it was going to be crowded so I started fairly near the front.
I could Ryan at the front leading the way and by half way round the first lap I reckon I was 10th with 3 guys just ahead of me.
The four of us ran together for the rest of the first lap and into the second lap but I was left behind a bit and by the end of the second lap I had slipped back a bit. I was feeling okay so continued to push as hard as I could.
I caught up with Billy S and pushed on. I wasn’t going to catch the guys ahead and hoped I would not get caught. During the third lap I caught up with a number of runners doing their second lap. I love seeing lots of children running with their parents.
I finished 9th in 20:37. It was a very flat course but I reckon it’s harder than a hilly tarmac course like Pollok as underfoot it is softer and takes more energy to run faster.
Ryan finished 2nd ….
I did point out to Ryan though that according to the age graded results I finished ahead of him!!!
I really enjoyed the course and look forward to running it again. Ryan and I had a warm down lap together which was a great way to finish off the session.
Sunday – supporting Katrina
I was looking forward to supporting Katrina as she ran the Inverness Half Marathon. I realised looking at the course that I would be able to have a run and see here in 4 different places.
I planned to run to mile 2 then cut across to mile 8 but run the loop in the opposite direction and see Katrina around mile 6 and then again at mile 8. I could then run to mile 11 before heading over the foot bridge to the finish.
It worked out really well and I managed 6.78 miles. I paused my watch each time I stopped.
Katrina had a good run finishing in 1:45:04 which was 5 mins slower than last year but her training has been hampered by a sore knee.
I really enjoyed supporting and cheering on everyone I saw. A number of people made comments about how often they saw me!
So a great weekend and a good couple of sessions as I build up to next Saturday. I’m planning a couple of easy runs Tuesday and Thursday before the race.
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