Yesterday was the latest in a long line of Otley AC handicap events. This was was a 10k event starting and finishing at Leathley, near Otley.
Just to make things a bit more interesting (for me ...) I decided to incorporate it into a long run. Leaving Leeds at about 5.15pm I ran the 11 or so miles to Otley before embarking on the 4.3 miles from my home to Leathley. I arrived just before 7.30pm and was told I had eleven minutes before my allotted start time. Good timing.
I started with Mick Jeffrey, John Armitstead and Michael Pickard and together we began the 3 mile climb towards Almscliffe Crag. For much of that distance Mick was about 20m in front with John and myself giving chase. At about 2.5 miles we caught Mick and opened up a slight lead whilst also catching most of those runners who had set off earlier. The steep downhill stretch between 3.5 and 5 miles proved quite hard work [I had already run 19 miles by this time].
The final mile or so was interesting as Mick Jeffrey managed to catch me again and made repeated attempts to pass. He finally managed it in the final 10m or so. Having not run this course before I was caught out slightly by all the twists, turns and undulations as we approached Leathley. Still, he did very well and I was pleased with 43 minutes in the heat (about 23 degrees C) on a very hilly route after running 15+ miles to get there.
After a few minutes recovery I said my goodbyes and ran the 4.3 miles home for a nice round 26 miles. At home I decided to try a new recovery drink.
I have used Lucozade Sport recovery drinks in the past but I think they taste really bad so stopped using them about six months ago. However, recently I had an interesting idea ... instead of mixing the powder with water I could mix it with fruit juice in the hope of a better taste. I mixed tropical flavour powder with orange juice and the taste was massively improved.
Also at home I found it increasingly difficult to walk, climb stairs, etc. My right ankle was quite swollen and painful. Took two ibuprofen before bed and woke up this morning completely pain free and able to move normally. Very strange.