training session #1500

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Saturday 23 March, 09:34

Did an unofficial recce of three sections of the Lakeland 50, from Howtown to Ambleside. Expected it to be just over 21 miles.

Ran with Phil, Jo and Emma, who I’d not known before. Just gathered on Facebook to set it up. We all got on well.

Mixed terrain, very hilly, great weather. Ended up doing 25+ miles. Tired but happy, had a fab day. If this is what 25 slow miles feels like the full 50 will be tough!

Distance: 25.1 miles

Time: 7:24:56

Ascent 5597ft

training run #1482

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Recce of Hardmoors 60 route Whitby to Scarborough.

Saturday 25 August, 07:41

8C rising to 14C, sunny, breezy. Did 24.8 miles running along the course, checking the route directions, taking lots of pics, watching seals in the sea and chatting to others doing the same recce.

Cracking weather, ideal for running

A lot of the route is runnable with the occasional steep uphill/downhill that had to be walked. In places the route instructions were unclear or missed a turn. Had to retrace my steps here and there. Phone battery died about halfway so relied on paper instructions and a GPS trace I’d loaded to my TomTom watch.

Navigation complicated by unexpected detour

Really lucky with the weather. Loved the scenery. Could have run a little faster or carried on for a couple more miles, but then I’d have done a marathon!

End of my recce, Scarborough Spa

Distance: 24.78 miles

Time: 5:27:59

Avg pace: 11:55 min/mile

Calories: 2858

Ascent: 5294

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Wildlife: seals, cows, sheep