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Blacka Moor fell race 20 June 2017

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16C, mild and breezy, a bit misty on the tops.  The race began at 19:30.  I placed myself about 60% of the way back in the start chute.  

Blacka Moor sign (took this pic on recce run, not today!)

I’d done a recce run on 11 June.  It was really useful to know what was coming up, where the steepest parts are, the roughest terrain and steepest downhills.  Used that knowledge well and I remember on a steep uphill I was striding up equally as fast as two guys in front of me shuffling uphill at a jog.  Seemed to stay in roughly the same group, similar pace.  

Tired on the biggest, longest downhill, but still passed a couple.  Overall I felt I’d made good progress fitness-wise, having only started running off-road on 19 April.  Previously I’d have never managed to keep going on the uphills.
The posted race results showed 56:11 for 112th place. I was 15th in my age category and there was a total of 173 runners overall. Chuffed with that.  When I did the recce of the route my time was 1:09:34!! It shows I pushed hard today.

I’m getting hooked on trail and fell racing…..not to the detriment of doing road races/marathons though.

Distance:  5.91 miles

Time:  56:11 official, 56:10 TomTom

Avg pace:  9:28 min/mile

Calories:  690

Elevation gain:  1209ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Training run #1293

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Sunday 18 June, 07:23

17C to 20C, sunny, clear blue skies.  A 6 mile run along the crags.  Decided to keep the mileage low and moderate climbing to leave something in my legs for Tuesday’s race.  Ran from Fox House along Burbage Edge > Higger Tor > Mother Cap > Padley Gorge > Fox House.  It was hot even at 7am.  Had a gel at 4 miles and drank 500ml water.  Walked more bits than I’d expected, and paused to take photos.  Not serious about speed in the heat and thinking ahead to the race.  

The main thing I recall is stubbing my toes and tripping up 6 or 7 times, really odd for a short distance though there were lots of technical trail bits.  Almost went sprawling 2-3 times.  Noticed both heels niggling on and off.

Running along this stretch today I thought to myself ‘it doesn’t get any better than this’

Distance:  5.77 miles

Time:  1:12:15

Avg pace:  12:14 min/mile

Calories:  711

Elevation gain:  781ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Training run #1292

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Friday 16 June, 07:20

14C, bright with sun breaking through. An 8 mile run-commute.  Noticed both heels niggled on and off.  Slight right foot niggle too.  Ran strong and felt good.  Had a gel at the start and 4.5 miles, and 500ml water.

Distance:  7.67 miles

Time:  1:10:19

Avg pave:  9:09 min/mile

Calories:  921

Elevation gain:  583ft

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

Wildlife:  3 rabbits

training run #1286

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Thursday 8 June, 06:44

About 13C, rainy and windy. A 4 mile run.  Struggled to drag myself out of bed, with rain hitting the window.  But even a wet run is better than no run. Kept it to one lap of RV (on path not grass), but seemed to push on a bit harder than easy pace.  Noticed both heels niggle a bit in the first mile.  It turned out showery rather than constant rain, glad I did it.

Distance:  4.19 miles

Time:  36:11

Avg pace:  8:37 min/mile

Calories:  497

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

Wildlife:  1 squirrel, 1 rabbit

training run #1285

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Wednesday 7 June, 06:27

12C, sunny and windy.  A 4.5 mile run in London.  Today was the third day in a row working away in London.  Skipped a run yesterday as the rain was biblical.  Today it was just windy, running from hotel (Waterloo) to Tower Bridge and back.  A twisty, turning route along the river, but fairly flat.  Felt right heel and foot for the first mile, then it was fine.  Enjoyed it.

A run along the Thames

Distance:  4.46 miles

Time: 37:24

Avg pace:  8:22 min/mile

Calories:  494

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

training run #1283

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Friday 2 June, 07:15

14C, warm, overcast and muggy. An 8 mile run-commute.  Didn’t need to navigate today, remembered the route perfectly.  Had bounce throughout, and only slight foot niggle.  Drank 400ml water and had a gel before and at halfway.  Enjoyed it.

Distance:  7.67 miles

Time:  1:12:13

Avg pace:  9:24 min/mile

Calories:  954

Elevation gain:  596ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1282

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Thursday 1 June, 06:29

14C, warm, sunny.  A 4 mile run.  Legs felt sluggish for most of this run, didn’t get going until I was exiting Rother Valley.  Just plodded around, noticed a few niggles – left hamstring, hip, foot.  Drank 400ml water.  Kept it to one lap so I’ll have something left for a commute run into work on Friday.  Not a great run today, but any run is better than no run 🙂

Distance:  4.09 miles

Time:  39:20

Avg pace:  9:36 min/mile

Calories:  524

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  1 squirrel, 1 rabbit, lots of geese (incl new goslings) and a few ducks