I thought Alloa is what folk in Hawaii say instead of hello. Allo was my second half marathon in a week and I I thought it would be a flat fast course. Instead it was hilly and very windy!
I arrived a little late but there was plenty of parking available as the course started next to a massive ASDA supermarket. Which is convenient as whilst I ran round I was thinking what I would buy from there for my lunch!
On the starting line. The man next to me turned to his friend and said
“I’m very nervous. I don’t do much running”
He was wearing expensive trainers, a GPS watch and professional looking t shirt/shorts etc. He had legs that looked like they had run 10’s of miles. Why can’t people just be honest and say “You know what! I’ve trained hard for this and I’ll probably do well” Unsurprisingly he ran off quickly at the start and at the end I checked his number and he’d run a sub 1hr 30. “I don’t do much running” – my arse!
As it was cold I wore my Glasgow Triathlon t shirt, a running t shirt and a water proof jacket. Unsurprisingly, I felt too hot after the 1st mile and spent the rest of the race regretting my extra layers! I also ended up with bad nipple chaffing. Just the one. Which means I must have one nipple which is better than the other!
The course was nice. It went through a number of small towns and in most of them people came out to cheer. When the course reached tillicoutry I tried to spot Dougie Donnelly and his furniture shop from the 80’s. The stretch after that was 5 miles into the wind and when I turned at the end to head back to Alloa there was a long stretch up a hill!
Thankfully the last mile was all downhill but I didn;t have any sprint in my legs so took it steady.
My time was 01:40:58