PeakDistrict

training run #1387

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Saturday 9 December, 08:03

-1C, clear skies, chill wind. A 9 mile run on roughly half of the Exterminator course. Wrapped up well and started on Penny Lane. Blessed by a great sunrise.

sunrise

Stunning view on the climb up from Penny Lane to Totley Trig

I’d taken a week off running due to a cough. It’s not completely gone but that didn’t trouble me on the run. Good to be doing hills again, need to build up fitness again as I’m recovered from the marathon now.

Felt right heel on and off, and it stiffened up afterwards.

Ran to Totley Trig, across and up through Blacka Moor to Piper House Gate, up and across Houndkirk Moor, down over Burbage Edge (carefully!), along to Fox House, and up to Moss Road, back via Horse’s Field to the start.

Lots of ice around, in places the whole width of the path or trail. Slipped and slid but didn’t fall, phew! The x-claw shoes were great for the snow though, and part-frozen peat/soil.

Up on Houndkirk there was a fog/low cloud obscuring the view of Hathersage Moor and Higger Tor.

Drank 250ml water and had 2 sweet jelly things and 1 gel.

Enjoyed this. With heavy snow forecast for tomorrow I hope it clears so I can come back and do the other half of the Exterminator route soon.

The strap is broken on my Tom Tom watch so while I source a replacement I wore Fitbit. That froze on the Settings screen when I wanted to set off. So these stats are from recording my run straight into Strava app.

Distance: 9.1 miles

Time: 1:52:44

Avg pace: 12:17 min/mile

Calories: 1381

Ascent: 1579ft

Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275

Postscript: The black toenail I got in the Exterminator race in September fell off in the shower today. And it looks like I’ve got another black toenail coming on the same toe on opposite foot. Must be something about this route!

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training run #1386

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Sunday 3 December, 08:10

6C, cold and breezy with a bit of drizzle. A 6 mile run Fox House along Burbage Edge, Higger Tor, Mother Cap, return along Burbage Brook. Was going to run further but got a good workout Saturday night at a FromThe Jam gig, so kept it to 6 miles.

Wrapped up well, took it easy up the crags. Plenty of water / mud in the peaty ground made for slow going. The drizzle cleared.

As usual, got a bit lost getting down from Higger Tor and finding the right trail to Mother Cap. Not chasing a time so no problem. Had a few near misses losing footing here and there.

Had a sweet chewy gum at the start, a peanut powerball and a gel on the run, with 500ml water. Right heel niggled throughout.

Distance: 5.99 miles

Time: 1:30:16

Avg pace: 14:49 min/mile

Calories: 671

Ascent: 779ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia

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

Dark and Light Events, Autumn series, race 2 Calver

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Sunday 22 October, 08:40

8C, wind, rain, wind, cold, wind, cloudy. Did I mention the wind? 40-50mph gusts on the tops.  A 10 mile race around the Peak District. 

I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks. Shame my brother Jeff is working away so missed it.  Got there early, among the first to register.  After getting timing toggle I was chuffed when the woman searching lists for my race number struggled because she was looking at younger age groups.  She said she was surprised I was MV50. #flattered. A good start.

The actual start was halfway up a hill outside of Calver.  As promised by the official setting us off, the first 2 miles were uphill and the first half of the race was running into a strong headwind.  Glad I’d put hat and gloves on. Still freezing though.  Didn’t start TomTom for the first hundred yards, forgot.

At the halfway refreshments I had a gulp of water and one of the gels available, strong blackberry flavour.  Soon afterwards the strong wind was very helpful pushing me uphill.

Over a stile and I saw sheep coming up the field. They turned and followed me diagonally across that field. I was laughing out loud, running slightly downhill with 30 sheep keeping pace very close behind 🙂

Along a few wet farm tracks, I came across one of several puddles almost the full width of the track.  Tried to pass on a bit of muddy grass on the left but my footing gave way and I ended up lying in the puddle!  (Insert expletives here). I dusted myself off and just ran straight through the rest of the big puddles for the next mile or so until the terrain changed.

A steep downhill grass section at around 8 miles, and the last mile was a flat riverside trail so pushed on, plenty of energy left.  Loved it, a well organised event and enjoyed nibbles and coffee before heading home.  Given the slow first few miles I am surprised at the time/pace. Really was a race of two halves.

Got a silver certificate for the decent time and a bit of a graze to left knee for the aquatic antics. Nothing serious. Two weeks tapering now for the Indy marathon.

Distance:  10.1 miles official (TT 9.94m)

Time:  1:31:31 official (TT 1:30:44)

Avg pace:  9:03 min/mile

Calories:  1099

Ascent:  932ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  those sheep!!! and cows.

training run #1364

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Sunday 8 October, 07:32

10C, high cloud, cool, breezy. A 15 mile run at Ladybower. The plan called for a 13 mile long run, so mapped out a route around Derwent and Howden Reservoirs, 14 miles. It ended up being 15! Ideal running weather, wore t-shirt and shorts, and carried the usual light pack.

Set out early to get parked near my start point. Right from the beginning the scenery was impressive, could not resist pausing here and there to snap photos.

I found the route to be easy trail with some tarmac on the way out, a bit of stony path at the far end, and lots of tarmac on the return. The last couple of miles I saw a trail path below near the water’s edge but was stuck much higher up on tarmac. It was all runnable, nothing too steep or long. More pauses to eat flapjack, I enjoyed this run immensely. Will be returning for more laps and to try other routes.

Had a protein bar before running, 1 Chia Charge flapjack on the run, and 500ml water.

Distance: 15.1 miles

Time: 2:15:58

Avg pace: 8:45 min/mile

Calories: 1706

Ascent: 1465ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife: 3 squirrels, lots of sheep!

Footnote: After the run another runner chatted as I stretched off, mentioned good marathons in Enschede and Rotterdam…

training run #1356

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Friday 29 September, 07:45

15C, low cloud, rain, mild.  A 6 mile run from Fox House.  Training plan called for a 6 mile moderate effort run, and instead of RV I decided to keep my trail fitness and do it in the Peak District.  From Fox House I ran along Burbage Edge, then along to Higger Tor and Mother Cap, crossing the road and returning along Burbage Brook.

It was raining as I got out of the car. Had a chewy gel and set off.  The route along Burbage Edge was familiar, very boggy underfoot.  Had a few bites of Chia Charge flapjack along the way, lovely.  

View from Burbage Edge looking across at where Higger Tor should be

The rain eased off heading towards Higger Tor, then I seemed to get slightly lost but was heading in the right direction, just not a brilliant path to follow.  

After Mother Cap and for the last mile the rain returned and was heavy, but it didn’t dampen my enjoyment.  Drank 150ml water.  

Stats are irrelevant today, put in effort on the climbs and throughout but paused for photos and for phone maps / GPS.

Distance:  6.07 miles

Time:  1:20:35

Avg pace:  12:42 min/mile

Calories:  703

Ascent:  803ft

Trainers:  Inov8 x-claw 275

training run #1341

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Sunday 10 September 07:26

9C, cold, bit of sunshine fading to overcast, breezy.  A 9 mile run in the Peak District.  The training plan called for 10 miles at long run pace, so thought I’d do a slightly bumpy 9 miles instead.  Actually thought the route was 11 miles checking the record of previous runs but its good to be shorter as this is a recovery week.

Had a protein bar as I got out of the car. Ate half a Chia Charge on 5 miles, anoher bite at 7, and drank 300ml water.  Felt heels almost as soon as I set off and wondered if these trainers have a lower heel drop than my Brooks.  It eased off and didn’t hinder me at all.  

Enjoyed the route, nice climbs with nothing too difficult.  It’s clear autumn is arriving, was surprised at the chill in early September and lots of leaves on the ground.  Good call on wearing these trainers for the mud, after some heavy showers in recent days.

Distance: 8.95 miles

Time:  1:33:27

Avg pace:  10:21 min/mile

Calories:  1034

Ascent:  1,016ft

Trainers:  Inov8 x-claw 275