2017 certainly wasn’t the year planned, from Jo’s illness to start the year through to ending the year being grateful to at least be back to some easy running while away in Spain! Although I couldn’t train properly I was at least able to run every day, including several runs with Jo & exploring yet more quality routes in & around the Torrevieja area.
Although I couldn’t race properly, I was able to – just – run with Jo for the Torrevieja Night Race that was held on the first day we arrived in Spain! And what a way to start the trip as after a fairly fast first K (too fast for me!) Jo pushed on past the early leader & opened up a decent gap. As always in Spain there was a lead bike for the leading lady so there was no need to worry we’d missed somebody further up. After a brief lull in pace after the first of two laps I spotted the 2nd lady only 15 metres back so broke my silence to encourage Jo to push on up the final climb.
Perfect, a fast K from 5.5-6.5K opened up a big gap so that Jo could bask in the glory through the large crowds that had gathered around the Plaza de la Constitucion & enjoy the final sprint down the finish straight for a win by 15 seconds. Her first race for Club Atletismo Benijófar & we were glad to have been able to pick up club vests earlier in the day.
After a week of easy running, lots of rehab work & the pain easing I was tempted to push on the following week at the Bigastro 10K. My hamstring had other ideas though & although I felt fine for a few strides before the race, after 1K it went very tight & I was back to easy running. I jogged until Jo caught me & ran with her again. Having started a bit more cautiously this week she was in 4th but soon went passed 3rd, & at around 8K went straight passed 2nd at which point we spotted the lead bike in the distance. With the fastest second lap of the race by some margin she almost closed the gap but unfortunately the gap was too big so it was 2nd this week but another cracking run!
This race was a big deal for the club as part of the local race series & they were delighted to receive the large jamón for the most runners! Quite humbling to be given the jamón to hold for he team photo, especially given I wasn’t able to race properly.
No more races to end the year, just lots of running including exploring several more running routes in an area that has a perfect mix of terrains for all types of training. We’ll be back soon, fully fit & hopefully timing it to fit with another local race. The welcome we have received from the running club has blown us away & I certainly feel I owe them a decent racing performance as a thank you!
Now back home & continuing the easy running alongside rehab exercises, regular physio with Tony, massage with Sharon until I’m in 100% working order before considering what the racing plans are for 2018!