Sunday 16 September, 10:00
Rainy, windy, cool. Would not normally race the day after a 23.6 mile hard trail run, but there were 228 Vegan Runners booked to run Stockport. As usual my idea of starting at the back and taking it easy, use this as a recovery run, did not last long.
My legs felt good so I started passing runners. By halfway I was definitely racing and at the finish was very pleased with my time. Not having done a 10k for years I had no idea what to expect.
A great meet-up and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Distance: 6.02 miles
Time: 51:26 (official 51:25)
Avg pace: 8:32 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10
Saturday 8 September, 10:00
Cool and drizzly, some rain, windy on the tops. The recce I did last weekend was of little to no value as land access problems changed the first few miles.
Felt good and the narrow paths on the first part backed everyone up. Slipped on the descent from Derwent Edge to Moscar House. Planted my right foot to change direction and the sandy peat caused it to go, scraped left knee, not that bad. There were other fallers, saw at least three with one lady having a bruised cheekbone.
It’s a lovely route and the weather wasn’t a problem, the wind was blowing runners on to the edges rather than over the edge.
Tried to pace myself and not be too competitive. Have to save my legs for another Whitby to Scarborough run next Saturday. As the runners started to spread out more thinly I tried to keep in touch with a few on similar pace who seemed to know the route. Was following a wiggly line on my watch for navigation. But had phone, map and compass for backup.
Towards the end I tired a lot and at the finish I stood still for a minute to gather myself. A good workout, enjoyed it.
Distance: 20.52 miles
Avg pace: 11:48 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13
Saturday 4 August, 09:04
Started towards the back, ran easy for half a mile, then started picking off runners. Enjoyed it. A lot of runners today meant I didn’t pass the start line for 15/20 seconds. Splits show I was increasing the pace, while still thinking ‘I’ve still got to run home after this!’.
Distance: 5k (3.1 miles)
Time: 26:52 official
Avg pace: 8:40 min/mile
Trainers: new Brooks Ghost 10
Saturday 28 July, 09:02
A small friendly parkrun. Three laps of a hilly route. All tarmac. Started near the back and picked runners off. Again my intent to jog round easy went out the window. Finished 16th out of 55, 5th in age category.
Distance: 5km official; 3.06 miles TomTom
Time: 23:20 official; 23:19 TomTom
Sunday 8 July, 07:00
Got up at 4:15 to get ready and park near the start/finish. Lots of chatty people sharing info about what to expect. I put myself about 60-70% of the way back from the front starters.
Was relieved when in the first mile runners around me were walking up hills/inclines, to save energy. The sky was bright and the sun stayed behind high cloud until later, had full sun from about 13:00 onwards.
The checkpoints and refreshment stops were good. I drank my water with SIS tabs in and refilled bottles with electrolyte at every stop. Munched often, banana and flapjack from the stops and a couple of Clif bars I carried.
The terrain was frequently rocky / stony underfoot, and there was lots of climbing up steep slopes, interspersed with brief and short sections in the valley bottoms. Epic scenery, ran past totally still lakes and looked back at picturesque valleys. Worth doing for the views alone.
I seemed able to power walk up the steep bits, passing many others. Didn’t hit the wall, fuelling and hydrating were going well. Looked for shade wherever possible.
I noticed that mentally I was very positive, enjoying the experience. Marshalls noticed I was a smiler, I said hello to sheep and wasn’t worrying about the next climb, and the next. I’m sure this attitude really helped me, I didn’t hit a low point or have any doubts. I was counting distance in hours rather than miles, but later on did ask some marshalls ‘how far?’ They weren’t that accurate. Wasn’t using gps watch, battery wouldn’t have lasted.
Loved the finish chute and felt ok. Had a drink and found a vegan food van!! Lots of choice, bought a bhaji burger and when other folk nearby me saw it they ordered some. Should have been on commission! Cheered finishers and had a coffee for an hour or so before heading off to car.
Was surprised to find my legs were not that bad in the following few days, just took a few minutes to get moving but I was mobile and could do stairs. Achilles soreness indicated I’d done a tough run but was not at all bad. Applied ibuprofen gel to heels for 2 days more as a precaution. Had three points of chafing (won’t go into details!).
Later I found out I was finisher 167 out of 375, in 9:22:39. Very pleased with that. Read that a lot dropped out and folk that had done it previously had slower times this year because of the hot conditions. Nearly 600 were on the start list so I guess some didn’t start and others were sensible and dropped out if they hit problems.
It was steeper, rougher terrain with less flat sections or undulating running than I’d expected. And who put the photographer near the top of the penultimate climb? I was walking strongly but had to break into a jog when I saw the photo sign and chap with a camera pointing down the path at me…
Distance: 34m / 55km
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Felt warm at the start and got hotter, 20-22C I think. Used this race as preparation for Ultimate Trails 55k, thought it’d be useful with its stage format. Running and climbing with ‘rest sections’ between stages that I can power walk. Mimics the Lake District with plenty of walking (for me).
I knew only a couple of parts of the course, was nice to see Sheffield from a new perspective. Felt good on the king of the mountain stage 2, passed a few competitors. And liked some of the descents, flying down the Limb Valley for example.
Would like to run this again next year, an enjoyable and challenging course.
Distance: 14.53 miles in total, stages & walking between
Time overall: 2:43:37
RSR overall timed stages: 1:50:53 (for 20km)
Average pace overall: 11:15 min/mile
Avg HR: 136bpm
Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10
Saturday 21 April, 09:07
9C, cool, bright. First time at Rother Valley Parkrun, and only my second ever parkrun.
Obviously I knew the course well but this runs the opposite way round to all my training laps. Started not far from the front of the runners, not sure if I’d made a mistake. Set off at a pace I thought I could maintain, pushing it. Splits showed consistency: 6:59; 6:55; 6:57 and the last 0.1 was 6:12 min/mile.
Pleased to overtake a few runners on the way and be strong to the end. Was 39th finisher out of 318, 6th in my age category! Felt overdressed in a long sleeved top, would have been fine in just the vest.
Great to meet a big bunch of Vegan Runners at this run, very good turnout.
Distance: 3.09 miles (TomTom)
Time: 21:34 (official and TT)
Avg pace: 6:56 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10