Snakes and ladders

Snake Lane 2017This time last year I was really feeling sorry for myself. I had just finished recovering from a horrible and long running cold which meant I had to pull-out of one of my favorite races, the Snake Lane 10 Mile.  This year, I had flu during January but have been back running for a month now and was able to run Snake Lane.

About a month ago, I worked out that to train back to full fitness would take around three months and I am one month into that programme.  So, how did I do?  Well 1:26 is not my best time for the race but I felt good and for one month into three that isn’t at all bad.

A month ago I wasn’t sure I would be able to do that distance so quick but in the end, I have exceeded 100 miles in February so I might even be ahead of schedule.

As for Snake Lane, well the race used to have one of the most unique prizes in road running, a rather attractive and rustic mug, bearing the race name and the year.  Regrettably they are not able to continue with this tradition (the manufacturer is no more) and we were all wondering what would replace it.  The offering is a Snake Lane branded stainless steel water bottle of the type sold in climbing and camping shops.  I suppose it’s rather nice but what exactly are you supposed to do with it?  See the photos of the two momentos, you decide!

Mug 2017-02-26-16-59-38


‘Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?  Luke 11:11 NIV


Author: MarathonMannUK

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, Retired IT Solutions Architect, Distance Runner with Rothwell Harriers. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

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