Sunday 25 November, 07:18
Had pencilled in Longshaw Trust 10k a couple of weeks ago. It had been coach Mikk’s birthday in the week and on Friday he shared the idea of running 33km including the Longshaw 10k Race. I didn’t take too much persuading and a couple of other VRs, Nigel and Caroline, were up for it too.
Parked up at Millhouses Park and ran out of Sheffield via Eccy Woods, Limb Valley, Lady Canning’s Plantation, Burbage, Stanage, Higger Tor, Carl Wark. Approaching Longshaw we could just see the race being set off, and a couple of minutes later we ran through the start and did the race. Passed loads of runners, even having done 8-9 miles first.
Coffee with a big group of VRs afterwards. Then returned via Totley Trig and Horses Field. Lots of fun, and good to get a long run in before my next marathon. We ended up doing 37.5km, more than planned.
Mikk just posted a short video of the run on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dVuDX5q6KL0
Distance: 23.3 miles
Avg pace: 11:13 min/mile
Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275
Saturday 15 September, 13:44
Sunny, breezy, warm. I was running the Whitby to Scarborough leg of Hardmoors 60 as a support runner to a friend who was competing in their first ultra. Met them at Whitby swing bridge and enjoyed the route I had reccied a few weeks ago. Ideal running conditions.
At times my friend was able to maintain a pace that was above comfortable for me on the undulating and sometimes hilly route which followed the Cleveland Way. I was virtually getting a nose bleed running near the front of a big race field, felt weird. My friend didn’t want to know their position in the race but a couple of (un)helpful spectators told us.
I had a bad spell just before Scarborough because I’d not taken on enough fluids, got a fuzzy head. Drank a bit and recovered enough to run halfway round North Bay and had to let my friend run on as I could not keep the pace. Job done, delivered safely and in good shape at Scarborough.
I walked and jogged towards the checkpoint, and chatted with a competitor who could not stick with my friend’s pace. A cracking run and I learned I could stick at a great pace much longer than I’d thought, and also learned to drink more!
Distance: 23.59 miles
Time: 4:48:12 (recce on 25/8 was in 5:27:59)
Avg pace: 11:33 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13
Sunday 12 March, 06:12
10C, mild, overcast. A 23 mile run. To add 3 miles to my 20 mile route I did a full lap of Rother Valley before heading out to High Moor, Pebley, etc. I could tell early on my legs didn’t feel full of energy, so this was going to be tough. Had a flapjack before starting, then 5 gels (7, 14, 19, 26, 32km) and 1 litre of water.
Started to tire with about 5 miles left. Never any danger of stopping, just jogged and noted my heels and the ball of right foot were sore. Sky started to brighten a bit at this point but not full sunshine. Pleased to get this done, my longest training run ever (usually only go up to 20 miles). Noticed shoulders and upper back ached afterwards, probably down to poor form late in the run.
Three weeks to Manchester marathon so mileage starts to reduce and the taper kicks in.
Avg HR: 150bpm
Avg pace: 6:01 min/km
Trainers: Brooks Glycerin
Wildlife: 5 rabbits, 1 squirrel, 1 peacock, 1 swan, 4 horses and a flock of sheep!