This will be the third time that I have done the Aviemore Half Marathon. I did it in 2006 and in 2008. Last year, my attempt at it was what I can best describe as a joke, and not a very funny one at that. Basically I put my back out with about 3 weeks to go before the event, and then the weekend before, I got a stinking cold! I did still do the event, but it was a case of running to survive! My overall time was 2hrs 35 mins.
This year I managed to stay fit and heathy and to break the 2 hour mark! My overall time for this event was 1 hr 55 mins and 54 seconds. I did the Dyce Half Marathon at the beginning of August in 2 hrs 3 mins, so this is a personal best time! I was well pleased with this result. It was a perfect day for the run - not too hot, but at the same not too cold. It was a clear day. We did get a small rain shower in the lst 2 miles or so, but it wasn't enough to dampen my spirits - cooled me down if nothing else!
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