Sunday 25 February, 08:08
0C, cold and bright, sun trying to break through. A 13 mile long run around the usual Harthill and Kiveton loop.
Training schedule called for just 8 miles, ahead of longer mileage next week. But with snow and a cold blast due this week I thought I’d go longer. I’m doubtful next weekend’s trail race at Bakewell will be on if we get 4 days of snow in the week.
Had a peanut & coconut bar at home, 2 gels and 150ml water on the run. Kept it easy and felt the usual niggle in heel. Left hip wasn’t right later in the run, and around 9 miles I felt left ITB a bit too.
Enjoyed the bright cold weather, but ran out of energy and enthusiasm in the last couple of miles.
Distance: 13.02 miles
Avg HR: 146bpm
Avg pace: 9:10 min/mile
Calories: 1310 (Strava said 1730 cal)
Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10
Wildlife: 1 mad rabbit/hare on road to Woodall. Stood in middle of road for a bit then dashed in and out of the hedge right to get close to me.
Sunday 11 February, 07:53
0C, cold, windy, snowing. A 15 mile run at Ladybower, this time clockwise starting at Fairholmes. Round Derwent and Howden Reservoirs.
Pic: driving in I could see it was set to snow some more
There was a layer of snow (some places slush) on the road/path, and heavy snow showers. Seemed to be blinded by the snow in the headwind whatever direction I ran in. Right heel niggled throughout, and later on left adductor and hip weren’t quite right.
Kept a slow, steady pace. Had a banana, coconut & date bar and a gel, and 400ml water. Enjoyed battling through the conditions. Wore my old Cascadia shoes rather than breaking in a new pair in the slush.
Distance: 15.1 miles
Avg pace: 9:43 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Wildlife: 10 sheep
Saturday 23 September, 06:51
13C, mild, bright and breezy. A 13 mile run, following my old route out to Harthill and back. The marathon plan called for 12 miles but thought I’d do a tiny bit extra.
I’d felt a slight back niggle getting up, but didn’t notice it again until after the run. Towards the end of the run left hip/outside of left quads started to feel odd, but didn’t slow or stop me. One to watch. Right heel felt sore stretching off. Overall I’d tried to run easy pace, but probably went slightly faster than I should have.
Drank 500ml water and had a gel and a gummy chew. Wore new running shorts today, bit like cycle shorts just clinging to quads. Nice.
Distance: 13.07 miles
Avg pace: 8:54 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Glycerin
Wildlife: 1 squirrel
Thursday 12 November, 06:41
9C, clear skies, cool. Went for a 7 mile run at first light. Almost had the park to myself and enjoyed the cool weather. After the weekend run I felt a bit stiff in the hips on Monday and Tuesday, a bit odd for me never noticed that before. Think it may have been a stiff piriformis, on each side. Today it was fine, but just logging that here in the journal in case it crops up again. As I was exiting the park the sun peeped over the top of the hill opposite making a glorious scene. A really uplifting run.
Avg HR: 148bpm
Avg pace: 5:41 min/km
White trainers #2
Wildlife: 1 squirrel
Gave physio an update on the marathon and the two training runs I’ve done since my last visit. Had a stiff heel after the second training run but its eased off by today. Physio was really pleased at progress and wants to work on conditioning to try to prevent recurrence and other injuries. The diagnosis is still that a joint in my right hip lacks the same freedom of movement and flexibility of my left joint.
Went outside and learned dynamic stepping exercises and hopping routines (plyometrics). Can do these routines and mix with some running.
Next appointment is in three weeks.
Sunday 28 December, 08:48
0C,cold but no wind, clear blue skies. Lots of snow and ice around so just planned to to a 4 mile run. Felt back and glutes when I woke up, after shifting snow yesterday, then sitting around a lot. But it eased a bit when running and no significant problems. Carried an old phone in case I slipped and broke something, and used it to take a few scenic pictures. Not bothered about the pace/time, just pleased to get around without slipping and falling.
Avg HR: no data
Avg pace: 6:08 min/km
Friday 26 December, 09:08. Boxing Day.
3C, cold, overcast. Went for another 6 mile run, two laps of the main lake. Felt a few niggles on and off; lower back, right glute, right calf, left shin. But felt strong and was pleased to maintain a reasonable pace. Wrapped up well expecting a biting cold easterly wind, but it wasn’t too bad and I was a bit too warm on sheltered parts of the lap. Afterwards back felt slightly stiff and right hip has a niggle.
Avg HR: no data
Avg pace: 5:38 min/km