2017 Annual Review.
Dot (Nightingale) Kesterton.
The year started as well as I could hope for. The arthroscopy on medial and lateral meniscus in early December seemed to be healing well. Mr Brown, surgeon, suggested I start gentle training after two months. I took his advice and used the first few months of the year to rebuild and strengthen muscles around the injured knee. it took a lot longer than I expected but by the end of the summer felt ready to enter my first race of the year, Dig Deep 10K trail race. The legs gave me the support I needed but months of forced rest meant my breathing was laboured and heart rate high. I was very pleased to come in at just under an hour, 2nd V50 and 6th female of 69.
Dig Deep 10K
With my confidence slowly returning I pressed on with strength, conditioning and drill work to complement my Accelerate supported training programme and decided to enter the Lakeland Trail ‘Dirty Double’ races over two days in mid October. As a trial I ran the Ten Ten Ten trail race from Endcliffe Park thinking of it more as a training and preparation run. it was a huge surprise therefore to finish first in age.
The weather at the Helvellyn and Ullswater races was pretty typical for the Lake District. It rained and rained. The massed ranks of the Smiley Paces running club braved the elements and made a huge impression on the event. I had to run smart with this one since I needed to conserve energy for the two day event, both demanding hill runs on sodden terrain. Again, to my surprise I came in first in age in each event. Furthermore there was very little pain or swelling in the repaired knee cartilage.
Lakeland Trails ‘Dirty Double’
The Monyash Trail race was a beautiful 10miler in the Peak District. I had entered late, actually the night before, thinking I could again use it for training purposes. The weather was awful. It had snowed overnight and had begun to thaw so the trail was slushy, slippery and at times icy. I took it very steadily, relying on my reliable Inovate Roclite fell shoes to keep me firm and steady. The course was challenging so I was delighted to finish first in age again.
Without doubt I found my first road race of the year particularly tough. I rarely run on roads now so it felt harsh and unyielding. I struggled to get any advantage at the start and had to weave through slower runners before the crowds thinned on the dam wall. By then my pace had suffered and I found it hard to recover over the remaining miles. I came in at 47:43, well down on my pb of 44:
Percy Pud 2017
Imagine my total surprise then to hear that my perceived indifferent race placed me at 9th on the UK 10K rankings for V65 in 2017.
So my year ended so much better than it started. The Lady with the Limp is off to the Lake District again soon to see what I can do on the fells in 2018.