Race Report: Tarbert 10k Dookers Doubler

Race Report: Tarbert 10k Dookers Doubler

This year’s Tarbert races featured a new challenge: the Dookers Doubler! Thirty or do of us set out to run both the 5k and 10k runs, and I was looking forward to it.

First up was the 5k, which took us from Garvel road end along the harbour to the end point and back. It’s such a fast and flat route that a PB is a distinct possibility: not for us, though; knowing we had the 10k still to come meant we were taking it easy! 

As ever, the support was tremendous. The marshals were excellent and the runners all supported each other, too. It was a pleasure to run. As we crossed the finish line, we collected our first medal, changed over our bin for the next race and lined up, ready for the tougher 10k. 

While the 5k is fast and flat, the 10k is hillier, with two off road, trip sections. Although these are tough, they give runners cracking views over the village. @TheWelshWookie pulled his calf as we turned the first corner, so I found myself running on my own for most of it. But, given the excellent support, that was not a problem. I walked the first trail section up to Maggies Cottage, as runners were heading back downhill towards us slower runners and I didn’t want to hinder any of them. Next we headed back through the village, along the harbour past the crowds and back again, this time heading up Big Brae and around the Castle loop offering fabulous views over Tarbert. I love it up there! I kept asking the marshals if they had any gin for me….. but no joy. Maybe next year someone will oblige! 😉  Next, it was back down Big Brae and along the harbour front to the finish line. Although my legs were tired, the support really kept me going. 

I collected my second medal (yay!), goodie bag and specially designed Doubler t shirt. We were treated to masses of goodies: home baking, tablet (the thought of that tablet kept me going), water, bananas, sandwiches galore. It is brilliant! 

I then headed out to cheer @TheWelshWookie across the finish line and we stayed around chatting and to support those who had placed. There are loads of awards up for grabs at this event, with fantastic prizes. 

Overall, my 5k time was slower than last time, but I took three minutes off my 10k time from last year, so I was very, very pleased!

When 2017’s event opens, I’ll be first in line to sign up 🙂

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Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, after weeks of fighting off the bugs, colds and other lurgies doing the rounds, I’ve succumbed 😦 Seems like a cold has finally caught up with me, bleugh.

Just as I find my running mojo again, which is typical. @TheWelshWookie and I signed up for the Dookers Doubler at this year’s Tarbert 10k; we’re officially running both the 5k and 10k in preparation for the inaugural DLP half marathon. Yay! So, we laced up our trainers and got out for a fab run on Saturday. I really felt good- my legs were strong and my stride/gait felt solid. I’m sure that’s the benefits of PiYo showing themselves, which I’m very happy about.

Yesterday, we were in Glasgow with Stacey and Joe, Pamela and Simon to see Adam Hills at the King’s Theatre. He did not disappoint- he was fantastic! I could feel the lurgy creeping up as the evening went on, but no way did I let that stop the enjoyment, it was so funny. If you get the chance to see him, do it!

Today, I’m struggling more, but I’m going to Clubbercise to dance it away- if I need to keep my session more low intensity than normal, so be it- but I’m definitely not giving in to feeling rubbish if I can avoid it 😉 And this is partly why my mind is winning at the moment:  

Happy exercising this week, all!