Updated: Apr 7, 2019
Tooting was supposed to be my last outing of the year. Well proper one. I've got some cross country to do and some other wee fun races but I had nothing else planned. Soon after Tooting and drinking many beers in the aftermath we had decided to go to watch the Dunoon ultra. I knew a few people running and I love taking the kids along to events like that so that they are getting to visit different parts of the country and be part of a positive event. About 5 days before the race, an opportunity presented itself for me to run the race. After running it past the boss she reluctantly agreed. I was pretty happy that I would get a chance to use some of my fitness tokens that I hadn't cashed in at Tooting. My race prep for this involved not drinking beer the night before the event, and a whatsapp recce of the course by some people I knew running it.
Saturday came and the weather forecast looked great. I got picked up about 5ish and got more route info on the way. On arriving at Dunoon pier we registered quickly. Thankfully there were toilets aplenty so that bit was hassle free. I had taken someone else place and transferred the entry which was very kind of the organisers. We jumped back into the van and drove the few miles to the race start. By this time the sun was just about up. It was pretty cold, about 2 degrees or so which changed my plan of shorts n vest. I went with a base layer and arm warmers, finished off with my UD race vest, my new Brewdog beer belly, and the Hoka one one Cavu.
These don't have a lot of grip on them but I knew it wouldn't have been too muddy with the recent weather. If it was wet I'd have had to wear trail shoes - problem was I currently didn't have any. Bob and I got a good warm up which involved 1 lap of the car park (I don't even think Bob went for this amazing routine) and some lunges.