training run #1275

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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

Time:  1:51:46

Avg HR:  143bpm

Avg pace:  10:12 minutes/mile

Calories:  1295

Elevation gain:  1241ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  2 squirrels, 1 hare/rabbit, 4 highland coo (scary)


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