Month: August 2012
Friday 31 August, 07:15
Cold! Temp 5C, with sunny clear skies. Wore a sleeved top and gloves and conditions were great. Brilliant sunrise and mist on the water. Did my usual 7 mile run, felt strong, enjoyed the run.
Avg HR: 148bpm
Avg pace: 5:45 min/km
Thursday 30 August, 06:58
A cool 13C, mostly cloudy with bits of sun peeking through. A nice breeze in places, good for running. Did my usual 7 mile run. Felt easy and flowing from the start, much stronger than Tuesday’s run. Tried to keep an easy pace and enjoyed the run. Slight stiffness right calf towards the end, along with a small niggle in left knee, but nothing to worry about I think.
Avg HR: 146bpm
Acg pace: 5:48 min/km
Tuesday 28 August, 09:02
Warm, went from 15C to 18C during my run, and the sun was hot even this early in the day. Did my usual two laps of RV plus a diversion past the post box to drop in a letter – total 7.5 miles. For a short run this felt a bit tough, so probably still feeling the endurance run. The combination of effort and heat raised my HR quite a bit. No niggles but left thigh wasn’t as strong as usual, again its still recovering from HOTH.
Avg HR: 157bpm
Avg pace: 5:50 min/km
Sunday 26 August, 07:10
Cool 13C, bright and sunny. Went for an easy 4 mile run, 1 lap of Rother Valley. First run since completing 44 miles in Hell on the Humber. No niggles, felt strong. Could have done a second lap but stuck to the plan to just blow away the cobwebs after a recovery week. Five weeks to Berlin Marathon so will build mileage carefully and number one aim is to avoid injury.
Blister plaster came off after this run. Watching whether to stick another on and/or trim off some of the dead skin.
Avg HR: 143bpm
Avg pace: 5:47 min/km
Ultra marathon / 12 hour endurance race
18 August 19:00 start; 19 August finish 07:00
Very warm weather, humid 27C. Turned cooler in the early morning hours, 17C.
Ran with Jeff on this my first ultra. It involves running/walking a 4 mile loop over the Humber Bridge and back, for 12 hours. Sounds easy but the weather, inclines, length of race and night hours conspire to make it tough. Felt good at the start and set out easy, knowing we had to leave plenty of energy for later. Gradually switched to doing more walking than running. Left knee had a niggle and I got a blister on my right foot.
We’d ordered pizza and it didn’t arrive until we ended a lap about 01:00. Managed to eat a few slices but my stomach could not face lots and lots and felt light headed for a few seconds. Gave me a good boost though. (On the night £450 of pizza was ordered by runners, beating last years amount by a lot.)
Was pleased with my hydration – kept it going carrying drinks a lot of the time and sipping regularly, with regular visits to the loo. Kept nibbling crisps and jelly babies, but didn’t need any of the gels I took.
The participants and stewards were great. The nature of the course meant you saw the same people again and again and again, and most entered into the spirit of the race and returned a smile and encouragement. After the event I am surprised that many of the participants seem keen to stay in touch via Facebook and talk about running and races. A special atmosphere created by the tough event and small numbers involved.
Credit to the organisers, they got most things right and posted hundreds of free pics on FB for participants to help themselves. No rip-off charges for pics like big city events. Brilliant.
Really enjoyed running with Jeff and have lots of good memories of the night, to add to my blister. Next race is the Berlin Marathon in under 6 weeks.
I didn’t bother with measuring anything with Garmin, as the battery would not have lasted. Jeff’s Garmin data is below for reference.
Distance: 72.73km (officially counted as 11 laps = 44 miles)
No HR or pace data.
Calories: Jeff 4963 – Me estimated 5500-6000
Wednesday 15 August, 06:23
Warm, 18C, and a nice sunrise over Rother Valley for today’s 4 mile run. Intended to run on Tuesday but had to postpone until today due to work/travel to Manchester. Set off at an easy, comfortable pace, but really picked it up between 3-4 km as I heard a runner gasping behind me and I wanted to avoid being overtaken. A nice run, my last as I taper for Hell on the Humber on the weekend.
Avg HR: 142bpm
Avg pace: 5:42 min/km
Saturday 11 August, 06:39
Mild 15C, overcast. Went for an 8 mile run as part of my taper to Hell on the Humber next weekend. My usual 7 mile route with an extra loop of the northern lake. Felt good and a straightforward run.
Avg HR: 144bpm
Avg pace: 5:46 min/km