training run #1463

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Saturday 21 July, 08:05

17C and upwards, some cloud cover. A 16 mile run from Totley to Wellington Monument via Big Moor, and back. Felt Achilles throughout but not that bad. Pleased to keep going, very few walking sections.

Distance: 15.69 miles

Time: 2:54:09

Avg pace: 10:54 min/mile

Calories: 1802

Ascent: 1671ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia


training run #1460

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Friday 22 June, 07:38

A warm sunny 4.5 mile loop to a nearby village. The trail on the way back was tough to find, ended up cutting through a country estate.

Distance: 4.53 miles

Time: 50:38

Avg HR: 133bpm

Calories: 516

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1459

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Tuesday 19 June, 08:28

A 6.5 mile run in a loop around the area where I’m camping. Quite a bit of ascent but plodded away nicely.

Sunny and warm, should have carried a drink.

Distance: 6.54 miles

Time: 1:11:08

Avg HR: 133bpm

Ascent: 957ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1458

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Sunday 17 June, 08:10

8 mile run on a trail in Derbyshire. Felt a bit unfit but enjoyed it. Limited stats without Fitbit:

Distance: 8.24 miles

Time: 1:19:48

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia

Achilles recovery, long walk

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Sunday 20 May, 15:09

23C, hot and sunny. Went from Fox House along the path under Burbage Edge. At Ringinglow Road I went up onto Burbage North for the return, turned left to get to Houndkirk Road and back to the car.

Heel felt ok until about 3.5 miles, then felt a small niggle, level 1. Calf was a little tight too. Iced it at home, stretched and rollered.

So good to get out in the Peak District in lovely weather, even if it was only walking.

View from Burbage North

Distance: 4.49 miles

Time: 1:20:38

Trainers: inov-8 parkclaw 275

training run #1450

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Sunday 29 April, 08:10

5C to 8C, cold, grey, overcast. A 15 mile long slow run in the Peak District. Was scheduled to do the last long run, 20 miles, before Windermere Marathon. Decided to get some hills in and do a shorter distance. Ran from Totley across to Big Moor and followed bits of a route in the opposite direction to what I’m familiar with (ran clockwise).

Took it steady, enjoyed the hills. Had 250ml water and a gel. Learned a few new sections. The sun peeped through towards the end. Still very soggy underfoot after a wet Spring.

Distance: 14.95 miles

Time: 2:38:52

Avg pace: 10:31 min/mile

Calories: 1706

Ascent: 1876ft

Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275

Dark and White events Bakewell trail race

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Sunday 25 March, 08:40

3C rising to 8C, cool, sunny. A 10 mile trail race with 1000ft/300m of climbing. The ground was still muddy and sodden from the rain and snow of recent weeks.

Sunrise at Bakewell, view from race registration

Pic: sunrise at Bakewell, view from race registration

Right hamstring was a bit stiff from the start, but heel was fine 🙂 Flat for the first km then started climbing. Passed a few runners uphill and walked the very steepest bits.

Descending off Chatsworth Estate there was a long gradual slope with a few twists and turns. Loved it, I powered down and left some runners behind. Missed one sign and went 100ft off route, laughed about it and carried on.

In the last couple of miles I was feeling great and had plenty left to push to the finish across boggy ground.

Ideal running weather, bright sun and no wind. Great organisation and I think I did ok.

Felt hamstring again later, and I also foam rollered right calf which had a few tight spots.

Distance: 10.14 miles

Time: 1:33:36

Avg HR: 141bpm

Avg pace: 9:14 min/mile

Calories: 954

Ascent: 1083ft

Trainers: inov -8 x-claw 275

Race position: overall 52/154 and in age category 7/18