Run The Blades

Run The Blades is a running event within Whitelee Windfarm, combining a 10K, Half Marathon or Ultra race. Be warned it’s rather windy! Running is an odd thing, I had this race in my calendar for months, yet wasn’t motivated to train properly. The weeks after marathon, were a blur of enjoyable runs, but not long runs and being fairly busy (for me). So it got to the night before the race and well I hadn’t run double digits since the week after my marathon. Reading the race notes, I luckily realised despite a 10am start, it was actually a 9am start to get the bus up to Whitelee Windfarm.

So for the hour before the actual race start, I was just being a massive geek reading up about Whitelee Windfarm.

Run The Blades

Run The Blades

As you can see from the below map, it’s a pretty big place with plenty and I mean plenty of wind turbines.

Run The Blades

The race itself was unsurprisingly windy. It was my first venture into a trail race and it was surprisingly good fun. I didn’t like the lack of mile markers, but apart from that I would definitely recommend it as a race.

For me, it was a definite mental health win. I had gone into the race knowing it was not going to be a PB, no way, hadn’t trained, wasn’t ready etc. And guess what, I didn’t PB, and guess what that is okay. It is. Not every race is going to be a PB. I started of way too quick, as ever, one day I will learn. Miles 5 and 6 sucked. I had seen the elevation profile before, so knew this bit was going to hurt. It did. Undeniably slow. I really struggled to keep the legs ticking over. Seeing a lady infront of me walking, wasn’t easy. I wanted to walk so bad. I knew there was a water station at the 10K mark. I am not a coordinated person, so with it being capless water bottles, I decided to stop, re-group, drink my water, then carry on running. The remaining mileage was again just about focusing on each mile, miles 7-9 are always where I wobble the most.

Run The Blades

Now you get to near mile 11, and you see a rather large hill in the distance. I remember thinking, no way, they won’t. Oh, yes, yes they will. There was even a sign to stay smile, it’s only a small hill! This photo was taken near the peak of the climb. It doesn’t really do the place justice.

Run The Blades

Run The Blades

So hey, no PB. But we are calling it a mental health PB. (For the record, it was 1:50:33, and I did manage to be 9th female…) Here is to enjoying races and having fun. To the point, someone said I seemed remarkably cheery. Going in with the correct race atittude is everything. Instead of beating myself up at the start of the lack of training, and being negative, I decided to just enjoy it. I really did. If you are ever in Glasgow, take a trip out to Whitelee. Take the dogs, some walking boots, the bikes, or a good old pair of trainers. Definitely going to go back and go for a longer run.

Run The Blades

Run The Blades

It was all worth it though, for this Run The Blades medal alone. Yes, I knew beforehand the medal spun, and yes I spent the majority of the race thinking of the perfect boomerang.