Sunday 8 October, 07:32
10C, high cloud, cool, breezy. A 15 mile run at Ladybower. The plan called for a 13 mile long run, so mapped out a route around Derwent and Howden Reservoirs, 14 miles. It ended up being 15! Ideal running weather, wore t-shirt and shorts, and carried the usual light pack.
Set out early to get parked near my start point. Right from the beginning the scenery was impressive, could not resist pausing here and there to snap photos.
I found the route to be easy trail with some tarmac on the way out, a bit of stony path at the far end, and lots of tarmac on the return. The last couple of miles I saw a trail path below near the water’s edge but was stuck much higher up on tarmac. It was all runnable, nothing too steep or long. More pauses to eat flapjack, I enjoyed this run immensely. Will be returning for more laps and to try other routes.
Had a protein bar before running, 1 Chia Charge flapjack on the run, and 500ml water.
Distance: 15.1 miles
Avg pace: 8:45 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Wildlife: 3 squirrels, lots of sheep!
Footnote: After the run another runner chatted as I stretched off, mentioned good marathons in Enschede and Rotterdam…