Sunday 23 July, 06:16
11C, bright and cool with full sun later on. A 16 mile run on the Exterminator route again. To try out a few alternative paths. Marathon schedule called for an easy 10 mile long run, but want to maintain where I'm at now. Judged clothing right with just t-shirt and shorts.
I could not find the alternative trail to checkpoint 1 on the way up, found and tried it on the way down/to checkpoint 2 but it was slow going through heather etc.
Followed the same route as before across Houndkirk Moor, and over Burbage Edge, but slipped and fell just before the bridge. Knocked right knee on a rock. Drew blood and plenty of expletives, but no real damage.
Had difficulty finding my way up onto Stanage Edge, tried 2-3 places and struggled. Seemed to find it easy previously. Going down from Stanage I headed through the ferns but they were shoulder high and I could not find a consistent path, plenty of hidden rocks and I paddled in a small stream. Need to find/pick a clearer path or head to the right. Lost a lot of time here.
After Grindleford I climbed alongside the stream and again got lost in the heather and ferns at the top. Headed left and found the trail, and also a few other runners taking part in a race. Need to trace that back to Haywood for next time.
Had a gel at home, one at 6 miles, then got fuzzy head and hungry about 10-11 miles. Dipped in my backpack for some Trek Cocoa Peanut Peak Protein Energy Chunks; they were great. Had another gel at 13 miles and drank 500ml water.
Today seemed slow, I would push harder in the race. Finished nearly 2 minutes quicker than first recce/trial run. Didn't seem as tired at the end, in spite of the very heavy going following lots of rain.
Wore calf compression socks, to see if they helped with all the climbing. They seemed to, and had the added benefit of giving protection from some foliage/nettles/brambles. The Inov-8 shoes performed well on the very soggy ground. Not so good on rocks though.
Distance: 16.49 miles
Avg pace: 13:24 min/mile
Elevation gain: 3379ft
Trainers: Inov-8 X-claw 275
Wildlife: lots! Plenty of sheep and cows en route; chickens and geese; a squirrel and a large pig!