Month: April 2017

training run #1268

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Sunday 30 April, 06:50

6C, cold, windy, bright. A 9 mile run from Fox House down along Curbar Edge and Froggatt.  Was thinking of just wearing a t-shirt at 6C, but stepping out of the car it was freezing so swapped for a long sleeved top and Salomon jacket!  Good call.

I’d found an 11 mile run on OS Maps and cropped a bit off the far end and expected it to be around 10 miles.  There were stunning views running along Curbar, with a sheer drop down to Grindleford and the valley.  

Had a gel around miles 3 and 6, drank 500ml water.  Mobile battery died at 5.5 miles but the route back to the car was really straightforward (unlike the outward route, a bit more fiddly).  Losing the phone meant I could not snap a pic of a herd of deer at 6 miles, half ran off and half stood in a field watching me, around 15 of them in all.

Noticed right foot on and off but no dramas.  Enjoyed this route, will be running it again soon. And I’m feeling prepared for the midweek race as I know I’ll manage less than 6 miles ok.

Distance:  9.15 miles

Time:  1:50:22

Avg HR:  135bpm

Avg pace:  12:03

Calories:  1214

Elevation gain:  1332ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  15 deer


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Saturday 29 April

11st 1lb


Lost another 2lb over 2 weeks. Think its down to eating better food and avoiding snacking on rubbish.

training run #1267

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Friday 28 April, 06:27

5C, cool, sunny.  A 7 mile run.  This one was from home to RV, 2 full laps and back home.  So it included a bit of tarmac.  I got a second wind going onto the second lap.  Felt right foot a bit, but it eased off later in the run.  Drank 500ml water.

Distance:  6.9 miles

Time:  1:04:49

Avg HR:  153bpm

Avg pace:  9:23 min/mile

Calories:  823

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  1 rabbit

training run #1266

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Tuesday 25 April, 06:31

1C, cold and sunny. A 5.6 mile run on grass. Did 2 laps of Rother Valley. Wrapped up for this chilly start, but there was only a grass frost.  Noticed foot niggle in the last mile. It went off completely while stretching and walking home, but surfaced again later while at work. 

Distance:  5.64km

Time:  52:01

Avg HR:  143bpm

Avg pace:  9:13 min/mile

Calories:  614

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1265

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Sunday 23 April, 06:52

3C, cold and sunny. A 6 mile run over the crags at Fox House. Ideal conditions today. Saw a cyclist and three other runners, so didn’t have it all to myself. Followed the same 6 mile route as Friday, but without wandering off track. 

Saw one flock of sheep on the climb up a crag, and a few more on the very top.

Felt right foot in the last mile or so. Drank 500ml water. Didn’t pause Fitbit at all, so no danger of forgetting to restart it.

Distance:  5.91 miles

Time:  1:16:49

Avg HR:  129bpm

Avg pace:  12:59 min/mile

Calories:  790

Elevation gain:  945ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  sheep, a rabbit and a squirrel

training run #1264

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Friday 21 April, 06:53

7C, cold, windy and overcast. A 6 mile trail run.  Went out along Burbage Edge again but did a bigger return loop.  

I’d paused the Fitbit and forgot to restart it (see map), and at that part of the run I veered off course and had to backtrack. I estimate a mile is missing off the Fitbit.  

I can see its sometimes more appropriate to measure trail running by time, and I finished at 08:21. So that’s a 1hr 28 run.  Fitbit showed 954ft of elevation gain, and with the missing mile it’ll be way over 1,000ft.  Enjoyed this.

Time:  1:28:00

Distance:  6 miles (estimated)

Avg HR:  135bpm

Avg pace:  12:42 min/mile (Fitbit as measured)

Calories:  850 (estimated)

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1263

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Wednesday 19 April, 06:48

3C, cold, sunny. A 4 mile trail run at Fox House. Got up early to drive into Derbyshire to get some trail experience. I had picked out a route from Fox House, along Burbage Edge to Ringinglow Road, returning on a trail path a bit lower down. 

After a bit of climbing I was rewarded with some fantastic views.

You can see the return path down below in the photo. As I went along the lower path I met a flock of sheep. Rather than scattering left and right they ran along the path for around a quarter of a mile! Was surprised how fast they can run 🙂

I enjoyed the change of scenery and the stop/start nature of trail running, pausing to enjoy the views. Felt I could have gone much further. Drank 200ml water and had a gel at the start and finish.

Distance:  4.17 miles

Time:  48:11

Avg HR:  129bpm

Avg pace:  11:32 min / mile

Calories:  508

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  1 flock of sheep, 2 highland coo and a big black bird