Wow, it's been almost 2 months since my last blog! I have a lot of catching up to do...later.
A few months ago I signed up for this race through the activities committee at work. 17km is about 10.5 miles, at the time I expected it to be no big deal. After all, I've done 8 or so HMs and I was starting to train again.
Then August happened...I just stopped running. No real physical reason, it just didn't appeal to me so I found excuses. Then came September and I knew I needed to start getting ready...and didn't. The last time I ran at all was August 8...until last Sunday's 4.6 miles. I did another 4.5 on Wednesday and 6 on Friday.
So I knew I could do 10 and finish but that I would also be doing a bit of walking and would have a 2+ hour time.
Since the activities committee registered us I never actually looked at the race details other than the distance. I knew it was between 2 Chateaux but assumed it was a back & forth.
Yeah...well, I was wrong, discovered that this morning as I was getting the address & walking out the door 15 minutes late.
This is where we started, in Pierrefonds :
The weather report had been calling for completely cloudy & 80% chance of rain. I'm happy to say that the weather reports was completely wrong. It was a beautiful day.
At mile 1.86 my Garmin lost the satellite signal and therefor decided to stop timing as well. It was a few minutes before I realized it and never did get it to start up again. Finally got the timing working at least, so I could track my run/walk intervals later on, but had to rely on the km markers along the course.
Just past the 4km marker a lady asked if I wanted to run along with her, since she was going slower because she was recovering from an injury. We ran together for 5 km and then I told her I had to walk for a bit and to go on ahead. I'm am very happy I was able to run with Bernillle for a time because it pushed me a little harder than I would have done on my own.
I kept her in sight the rest of the distance and caught up as we ran the last km to the finish.
2 hours & 10 minutes.
Not great, but not bad for no training and given I am a slow runner even when trained. So I'll take it.
I had intended to take a taxi back to Pierrfonds, to get my car. So after some minutes realized both that the taxi stand was far from the finish and that in my rush I had left my wallet at home. So no money to pay for a taxi.
Let me just say the forest of Compiegne is HUGE. There are multiple trails heading off in multiple directions andtrail cross-roads where you can change directions. SO I am extremely grateful that at the last second I decided to put my phone in my fanny pack because without the GPS I would still be wandering about the forest 8 hours later.
AND...bonus...the GPS cut a whole mile off of my return trip! WooHoo! Only 9.5 miles back to the car, not the full 10.5! And a new distance PR (even if I wasn't actually planning on it).
Saw lots of different kinds of mushrooms...and several mushroom hunters, in the forest. Apparently this is mushroom season. There is a "class" on mushroom hunting next Saturday I am going to try to take, if it is not already filled.
And next Sunday is race #2, the 11km race in Compiegne that I did last year. This year - thankfully! - I am doing the relay with a French coworker so I only have to run 5.5km. We had to choose a team name...we are not creative people so we came up with Franglish (for French English).