Maybe I got a bit carried away with all the excitement over getting into the Percy Pud yesterday, but I seem to have accidentally entered this as well now:I’d been umming and ahing about it for a while. I like off road running, it’s just I’m really, really bad at it. This though sounds sort of achieveable, I mean 4.5 miles isn’t so very far is it? And it isn’t very expensive to enter and it’s in a good cause too… Anyway, I emailed the race organisers a couple of days ago, basically saying, I’ve never done a fell race before, will I die in the attempt or get lost at altitude/ be left behind for all eternity, and do I need ‘proper’ kit. I have friends who do this kind of thing and are always fossicking around for whistles, waterproof trousers and Kendal mint cake at the last minute…. Anyway, I got back such a lovely welcoming email from the race organiser, encouraging me to ‘give it a go’ and telling me there is a friendly backmarker to boot , that before I’d really thought it through I’d entered.
Wingerworth Wobblers – that sounds such a friendly approachable sort of club. Wobbly is soft and cuddly not hard and angry. The picture on the event poster is a bit more intimidating. That guy has less hair on his legs than I do, so presumably waxes to achieve the go-faster goal of paring seconds of his finish time. I also note he is running in a vest top, not a duffle coat, so I’m thinking he must work up a bit more of a sweat than I do when running. Oh dear. Perhaps I need to up my game.
I’m supposed to be doing a 10k in about 10 days, so I really ought to be able to manage about 7.5, or whatever it is, at this stage. The thing is, I do really want to do it, but I’m a bit scared. I don’t know anyone else doing this, although I do know there will be other Smiley participants, all fleeter of foot and finer of frame, but nothing ventured I suppose. If I want to get fitter (I’ve given up hope of ever getting any faster) then I need to commit to these challenges. The thing that is really sapping my morale is that when I signed up on the website it was glorious sunshine outside. The sun hitting the orange and yellow leaves on the trees made it look like burnished gold or dense flames out of the window. Gorgeous Autumnal colours and sunshine, that anyone would want to rush outside and enjoy. Since I hit the ‘pay’ button, torrential rain has lashed on the velux windows of my attic flat. I feel my enthusiasm ebbing away from me by the second.
Oh well, it wont be the first time I’ve turned up at an event with more apprehension than optimism, let’s find out what I’m capable of, for better or worse! I will wear my Smiley Vest, and hope to parasitize the crowds of supporters who have come to cheer others in the Smiley family. I will need all the sympathetic cheers I can get….