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training run #1268

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Sunday 30 April, 06:50

6C, cold, windy, bright. A 9 mile run from Fox House down along Curbar Edge and Froggatt.  Was thinking of just wearing a t-shirt at 6C, but stepping out of the car it was freezing so swapped for a long sleeved top and Salomon jacket!  Good call.

I’d found an 11 mile run on OS Maps and cropped a bit off the far end and expected it to be around 10 miles.  There were stunning views running along Curbar, with a sheer drop down to Grindleford and the valley.  



Had a gel around miles 3 and 6, drank 500ml water.  Mobile battery died at 5.5 miles but the route back to the car was really straightforward (unlike the outward route, a bit more fiddly).  Losing the phone meant I could not snap a pic of a herd of deer at 6 miles, half ran off and half stood in a field watching me, around 15 of them in all.

Noticed right foot on and off but no dramas.  Enjoyed this route, will be running it again soon. And I’m feeling prepared for the midweek race as I know I’ll manage less than 6 miles ok.


Distance:  9.15 miles

Time:  1:50:22

Avg HR:  135bpm

Avg pace:  12:03

Calories:  1214

Elevation gain:  1332ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  15 deer

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training run #1265

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Sunday 23 April, 06:52

3C, cold and sunny. A 6 mile run over the crags at Fox House. Ideal conditions today. Saw a cyclist and three other runners, so didn’t have it all to myself. Followed the same 6 mile route as Friday, but without wandering off track. 

Saw one flock of sheep on the climb up a crag, and a few more on the very top.

Felt right foot in the last mile or so. Drank 500ml water. Didn’t pause Fitbit at all, so no danger of forgetting to restart it.

Distance:  5.91 miles

Time:  1:16:49

Avg HR:  129bpm

Avg pace:  12:59 min/mile

Calories:  790

Elevation gain:  945ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  sheep, a rabbit and a squirrel

training run #1264

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Friday 21 April, 06:53

7C, cold, windy and overcast. A 6 mile trail run.  Went out along Burbage Edge again but did a bigger return loop.  

I’d paused the Fitbit and forgot to restart it (see map), and at that part of the run I veered off course and had to backtrack. I estimate a mile is missing off the Fitbit.  

I can see its sometimes more appropriate to measure trail running by time, and I finished at 08:21. So that’s a 1hr 28 run.  Fitbit showed 954ft of elevation gain, and with the missing mile it’ll be way over 1,000ft.  Enjoyed this.

Time:  1:28:00

Distance:  6 miles (estimated)

Avg HR:  135bpm

Avg pace:  12:42 min/mile (Fitbit as measured)

Calories:  850 (estimated)

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1262

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Saturday 15 April, 07:01

A 4 mile run including 1 hill loop. Seem to have missed blogging this run. It was the first with new Brooks Cascadia trail trainers. They felt OK but still noticed a bit of right foot soreness.

Distance:  4.07 miles

Time:  37:54

Avg HR:  141bpm

Avg pace:  9:18 min/mile

Calories:  442

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1261

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Tuesday 18 April, 07:17

3C, cold and sunny. A 5 mile run including 2 hill loops.  Great running weather. Felt right foot a bit from halfway round but enjoyed this run.

Distance:  5.02 miles

Time:  47:47

Avg HR:  149bpm

Avg pace:  9:30 min/mile

Calories:  589

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

recovery run #1260

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Thursday 13 April, 06:44

6C, cool, sunny. A 4 mile run on grass including one hill loop. Felt right foot on and off, probably didn’t help that I’d left the gel insole out, had a normal one. Nice stretching off in the morning sun again.

Distance:  4.02 miles

Time:  37:48

Avg HR:  161bpm ?! – the hill?

Avg pace:  9:24 min/mile

Calories:  506

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

recovery run #1258

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Saturday 8 April, 0:49

4C, cold, sunny. A 4 mile run on grass including a hill loop.  Got out early and was rewarded by a remarkable sunrise, beautiful. I almost carried a camera today but changed my mind; wrong call.  Halfway round RV I added a loop up the hill and will extend it or repeat it to build fitness.

Rother Valley run showing hill loop
Paused at one point for a runner to tell me about their first marathon, at Manchester last weekend. Someone I’ve seen running with dogs at RV and ages ago they had asked me a few things about training.  They were so pleased to complete it and are now hooked on the marathon. 

Was going to do 5 miles but right foot started to niggle slightly so stopped.  Lots of stretching and exercises in the glorious sunrise.
Distance:  4.17 miles

Time:  39:20

Avg HR:  140bpm

Avg pace:  9:26 min/mile

Calories:  458

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin