8C to 10C, cool, rain just clearing away to sunshine. An 11 mile run along Froggatt and Curbar Edge, back to Fox House. Didn’t feel especially strong, just ‘OK’. A chill wind was blowing the rain clouds away, so needed Salomon jacket.
In the second mile I descended a steep valley and went to cross a small stream. I must have miscalculated the friction coefficient because my maths worked out at: wet trainers + damp rock = steve in stream + loud expletives echoing around the valley
Damage to my pride and shin as I ended up on my left side in the stream. It happened in slow motion and I was really surprised the big flat rock was that slippy. Found out much later as I started the car and looked in the mirror that I’d also scraped my chin.
It might have been the adrenaline but I seemed to be able to keep going for longer through the next 9 miles, only walking here and there on the steepest bits. Didn’t need to navigate with map at all, I know this route now.
I’d had a gel as I set off and one at 9 miles (I’d forgotten to have it earlier). Drank 500ml water. It felt like I was a bit fitter than last week, and hardly noticed right foot soreness at all, just at 4 miles and only very dull then. The sun came out and wind was less chilling, started to warm up a bit too much on the return leg.
I knew I was going to be faster than last weekend but didn’t look at my watch till the finish. In summary I knocked over 10 minutes off last weekend’s time, that’s a minute per mile quicker. And I also of course knocked off a bit of skin off leg and face 🙂
Pleased to get round in a decent time (for me), feeling stronger, and avoided serious injury.
Distance: 10.95 miles
Avg HR: 143bpm
Avg pace: 10:12 minutes/mile
Elevation gain: 1241ft
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Wildlife: 2 squirrels, 1 hare/rabbit, 4 highland coo (scary)