Month: April 2018

training run #1450

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Sunday 29 April, 08:10

5C to 8C, cold, grey, overcast. A 15 mile long slow run in the Peak District. Was scheduled to do the last long run, 20 miles, before Windermere Marathon. Decided to get some hills in and do a shorter distance. Ran from Totley across to Big Moor and followed bits of a route in the opposite direction to what I’m familiar with (ran clockwise).

Took it steady, enjoyed the hills. Had 250ml water and a gel. Learned a few new sections. The sun peeped through towards the end. Still very soggy underfoot after a wet Spring.

Distance: 14.95 miles

Time: 2:38:52

Avg pace: 10:31 min/mile

Calories: 1706

Ascent: 1876ft

Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275

Dashcam clip – white owl

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Nearly hit an owl while driving Emma to work tonight: https://youtu.be/1-pn25MDE_0

training run #1449

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Thursday 26 April, 07:49

8C, cool, showery. An easy pace run – aiming for HR zone 2.

My pace gradually crept up as legs loosened off. April showers and a rainbow, rain not too heavy.

Distance: 6.1 miles

Time: 55:24

Avg pace: 9:05 min/mile

Avg HR: 130bpm

Calories: 525

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1448

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Wednesday 25 April, 07:38

8C, sunny, windy. A 7 mile run at moderate pace.

I pushed on when I got to Rother Valley, a pace I knew I should be able to maintain for 2 laps. Felt good. Ended up running around marathon pace or better.

Distance: 7.11 miles

Time: 58:25

Avg pace: 8:13 min/mile

Avg HR: 151bpm

Calories: 654

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1447

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Tuesday 24 April, 07:32

10C, cool, overcast. A 4 mile recovery run.

Legs took half the run to loosen up, get going. Both heels niggled. Would have carried on for another lap but thought we were going off to the gym straight after (But J changed her mind).

Distance: 4.27 miles

Time: 39:04

Avg pace: 9:09 min/mile

Avg HR: 133bpm

Calories: 382

Trainers: inov8 Parkclaw 275

gym session

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Monday 23 April, 08:00

An hour in the gym. 20 mins on rowing machine. Then went on 5-6 weights machines. Finished on abs machine.

training run #1446

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Sunday 22 April, 07:55

14C-19C, warm, sunny, breezy. A 13 mile slow long run. Deliberately kept it easy after sprinting the parkrun on Saturday.

Drank 250ml and had a gel. Apart from heel niggle I also noticed right knee part way round and both quads stiffening a bit.

Distance: 13.11 miles

Time: 1:58:45

Avg pace: 9:03 min/mile

Avg HR: 142bpm

Calories: 1244

Ascent: 748ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

Rother Valley Parkrun

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Saturday 21 April, 09:07

9C, cool, bright. First time at Rother Valley Parkrun, and only my second ever parkrun.

Obviously I knew the course well but this runs the opposite way round to all my training laps. Started not far from the front of the runners, not sure if I’d made a mistake. Set off at a pace I thought I could maintain, pushing it. Splits showed consistency: 6:59; 6:55; 6:57 and the last 0.1 was 6:12 min/mile.

Pleased to overtake a few runners on the way and be strong to the end. Was 39th finisher out of 318, 6th in my age category! Felt overdressed in a long sleeved top, would have been fine in just the vest.

Great to meet a big bunch of Vegan Runners at this run, very good turnout.

Vegan Runners at RV Parkrun

Distance: 3.09 miles (TomTom)

Time: 21:34 (official and TT)

Avg pace: 6:56 min/mile

Calories: 320

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1445

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Thursday 19 April, 06:24

11C, cool, sunny. A 6 mile slow run. Legs felt ok after 2 miles but kept it slow.

Distance: 6.05 miles

Time: 56:00

Avg pace: 9:14 min/mile

Calories: 684

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1444

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Wednesday 18 April, 06:22

11C, mild, breezy. A 7 mile run at moderate pace. Nice weather, bit of warmth has arrived at long last.

Felt good, legs loosened up as the miles clicked off. Steadily increasing mile pace: 9:42, 8:46, 8:19, 8:18, 8:04, 7:51, then climbing up the hill home: 8:56.

A few niggles: heels (both), right knee, left quad. All came and went.

Distance: 7.1 miles

Time: 1:00:56

Avg pace: 8:35 min/mile

Calories: 786

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10