Wednesday 28 June, 06:59
11C, cold, wet – I mean, really wet, Biblical even. A 12.84 mile run following the route of the Dig Deep 12.12 race route. Had a protein bar driving over, 2 gels and 500ml water during the run. This was a real test of my Salomon jacket. Wore the hood to keep heat in (I’ve got no hair to keep dry). Feet were soaked within the first 2 miles.
Today I couldn’t find the optimum route down off Higger Tor, but my alternative was OK and I only lost a few minutes. I wasn’t pushing on at race pace anyway, just had the mindset to follow the route and avoid injury.
The return over Burbage Edge and along Houndkirk Road I had a strong, cold wind in my face, driving rain, and I had to remind myself it was late June. I couldn’t feel the tips of my fingers. It was mostly downhill along Houndkirk and Limb Valley, so the last 3-4 miles was OK on tired legs. A good test, and later I realised my legs are fine, in spite of running 7 miles Mon and Tues I had plenty left.
I wore my Brooks in spite of the wet weather. Considered the Inov-8 Claw 275 for grip, but there are miles of rocky paths and wanted the rock plate. The muddy bits are shorter. And I’ve not broken in the Inov-8 shoes yet.
However, I could have done with wellies as I returned to the Limb Valley. What had been 2 cows hanging around on the way out had turned into a herd of a dozen or more, all standing very deliberately on the path/route. I rounded them, giving them space. They all turned to watch as I stepped off the path into long grass that covered a swamp. I was calves deep in mud, then noticed the last cow was a different colour, and I suspected she could be a he. Back on the path and got moving sharpish.
No photos today as my phone got so wet and my fingers so cold I tried but was incapable of unlocking it. Would not have shown much except low cloud anyway.
Distance: 12.84 miles
Avg pace: 11:07 min/mile
Elevation gain: 1733ft
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Wildlife: 2 rabbits and 1 herd of cows!