Lining up for the Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon, I have a strong sense of déjà vu. It’s another cold, grey, murky Sunday morning - just like last year - but with added wind and rain to ring the changes. I’m drenched and freezing cold before I even cross the start line, but it really warms my heart to see Ma and Tom there cheering me on.
A few post-race thoughts:
- Ma tells me even alpha males were commenting on how tough the race was as they came in – glad it wasn’t just me!
- I always feel outnumbered by blokes at this race… and that’s because I am: 768 men (most of whom are under 40) to 442 women, of which only 18 are in my age group.
- Being soaking-wet makes for some interesting injuries; Ma reported a few cases of severe chafing among the men, mainly thighs and armpits. I felt quite smug about this until the euphoria wore off and I discovered the band of my sports bra had given me a painful friction burn!
- Will I do it again? You bet!
Many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of a wonderful race and a special thanks to Ma and Tom for their love and support.