training run #1412

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Saturday 27 January, 07:49

4C, overcast and windy, turning to rain with low cloud on the high parts of the run. A 20.3 mile run on the Exterminator course.

Started from another point in Totley and went up a gentler ascent towards Totley Trig. Adapted the route to avoid Carl Wark and the swamp. Kept a good steady pace. Lots of soggy ground.

Had a gel and a Clif Bar and 800ml water. Tired towards the end but walked strong when I had to. Loved it, chuffed to do 20 miles when I’m not at that point in a marathon (or ultra) training cycle. Heel niggled throughout. TomTom didn’t find GPS for the first half mile.


Distance: 19.8 miles

Time: 4:06:38

Avg pace: 12:08 min/mile

Calories: 2229

Ascent: 3094ft

Trainers: Inov-8 x-claw 275

Wildlife: 1 deer, cows and sheep

training run #1380

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Saturday 18 November, 08:01

6C, cold, windy, dark clouds. A 9 mile run from Fox House, along Froggatt Edge and Curbar Edge, returning along White Edge. Getting legs back after the marathon, wanted to do a trail route I knew, sensible length and difficulty.

Layered up as it was quite chilly. Had a flapjack on the drive over, enjoyed a stunning orange sunrise before the dark cloud set in. Kept it easy pace, pleased with my fitness, hadn’t lost much. Right heel niggle on and off. Drank 250ml water.

Saw a group of about 9 deer far off on White Edge, a couple of photographers were pointing long lenses that way.

A good run, the rain held off and nice to get some trail miles done.

Distance: 8.97 miles

Time: 1:43:39

Avg pace: 11:21 min/mile

Calories: 1030

Ascent: 995ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife: 9 deer

training run #1379

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Tuesday 14 November, 07:06

Mist on the lake

0C, cold, frosty, clear skies. A 6 mile easy run at Eagle Creek Park.  Wrapped up again and headed out for a slow paced run, just enjoying the park once more before we head home tomorrow.  

Eagle Creek Park

Slight heel niggle again but my legs got going after the first mile or so.  Disturbed a couple of deer at about 4 miles but they were far off and only got a glimpse of them. 

Distance:  5.7 miles

Time:  52:14

Avg pace:  9:09 min/mile

Calories:  644

Ascent:  266ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  2 deer, 2 squirrels (I think, they’re fast!)

training run #1327

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Sunday 13 August, 07:36

9C, cool, sunny, breezy.  An 8.6 mile run from Fox House.  Training plan called for an 8 mile run, easy pace, so I mapped out a 7.5 mile loop taking in the two parts of the Exterminator I was trying to nail down.  On the plan this looks like weekly mileage is pegged to give me a recovery week, hence just 8 miles for the long run.

The route:  Fox House, up Houndkirk Road then turn left where it reaches the Exterminator route towards Burbage Edge. Over the edge and I found and followed the route down, across the path to the stone bridge via the ferns.  Along the Burbage path to the road, then on to The Surprise.  Over the wall and follow the route to CP8 Padley Gorge.  Tricky route to find the right crossing, over Burbage Brook and up the other side.  

There’s a right turn just there, down to the bridge…

Onto the Longshaw Estate and I used photos to find my way across – eventually!! Wandered through a wood in error and backtracked to make sure I found the best route. 

THAT’S the route up into Longshaw…head for the middle tree
Then I went along Stony Ridge Road, top side of Blacka Moor to Piper’s Gate, and up over Houndkirk Moor to the road, returning to Fox House.  Saw a young deer, solo, in the next field.

A young deer

Kept the pace easy, walked a lot, stopped and took lots of photos. I wasn’t clock watching or chasing a time.

Had 500ml water and 1 powerball. Slight heel niggle towards the end, and could feel slight soreness in right foot too.  Think I now have the whole Exterminator route logged in my mind (and some photos). Objective accomplished.

A large fungi, my foot in pic for scale

Distance:  8.55 miles

Time:  2:18:06

Avg pace:  13:36 min/mile

Calories:  982

Elevation gain:  1186ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  1 deer, and sheep/cows obviously

training run #1271

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Sunday 7 May, 06:59

7C, cold, breezy.  An 11 mile trail run, along Froggatt and Curbar Edge like last Sunday but extending it a little at the far end.  The sheep scattered around the Longshaw Estate scattered a bit more as I ran through.  Along Curbar Edge I saw deer in the distance and managed a few pics.

They moved out of my way, not startled just cautious.

Further on at the far end of the route I came across a herd of highland cattle blocking my path. Decided that startling them would be a big mistake so walked slowly past and talked to them as I went past.  Kept away from the pointy end, though I’m sure there’s danger at both ends!

I did startle a big bird somewhere near where I saw the cows, probably a pheasant I think.

Turned into a stiff headwind on the highest bits of the return route.  Had a gel at 5 miles and drank 500ml water.  Sore foot wasn’t much trouble today, didn’t notice it a lot.  But afterwards right Achilles stiffened up a bit.  

Distance:  10.97 miles

Time:  2:02:25

Avg HR:  130bpm

Avg pace:  11:09 min/mile

Calories:  1272

Elevation gain:  1350ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  sheep, highland cattle, pheasant

training run #1172

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Sunday 9 October 06:51

7C, clear skies, cold. A 16 mile run. It was especially cold running through RV with mist on the water and a cold breeze, felt less cold after climbing up to Woodall. Had 3 gels and 500ml water. Listened to podcasts again. 

The highlight of this run was as I approached Harthill. On the road ahead I saw a deer crossing. I had a pit stop soon after and looked across to see a group of five deer cross a meadow, passing into another wood. It was too far distant to snap a photo but great to see. Only my second sighting of deer in 1172 runs!

Was surprised at the average pace at the finish as I’d not been pushing. HR seems high again.  Great running weather, if a bit chilly in only a running vest and shorts πŸ™‚  Just 4 weeks to New York marathon, it is feeling close now.

Distance:  25.81km

Time:  2:23:56

Avg HR:  161bpm

Avg pace:  5:35 min/km

Calories:  1342

Brooks Ghost trainers #3

Wildlife:  5 deer, 1 peacock, 2 peahens, 1 rabbit

training run #1114

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Sunday 26 June, 06:24

13-16C, warm, cloudy with sunny breaks.  A 15 mile run.  Legs felt OK but not especially strong. Felt right heel niggle and a stiff calf on and off.  Had 3 gels and 500ml water.  First time I have seen a deer while running. It was on the road 100m ahead as I headed along the road into Harthill.

Distance:  24.35km
Time:  2:24:51
Avg HR:  145bpm πŸ™‚
Avg pace:  5:57 min/km
Calories:  1712
Brooks Ghost trainers #2
Wildlife:  16 rabbits, 1 squirrel, 1 peacock, 1 deer πŸ™‚