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training run #1324

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Wednesday 9 August, 07:21

13C, wet, cool.  An 8 mile run-commute including intervals.  The plan required 1-5-1 intervals, so 1 minute hard, 2 minutes jogging recovery.  Then 2 mins hard, and 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 hard with 2 mins recovery inbetween.  This was a challenge when I got to the bigger hills climbing up and over Richmond Road, but a nice challenge.  It took my mind off the rain, which petered out by halfway.

The main event was nearly running in the path of an oncoming pick-up truck on Stradbroke Road.  A close shave and I waved my apology to the driver in his rear view mirror.  Drank 350ml water, had a muesli bar at home before starting and that helped I think.

Distance:  7.76 miles

Time:  1:08:25

Avg pace:  8:45 min/mile

Calories:  915

Elevation gain:  578ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1323

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Tuesday 8 August, 17:54

13C, rain, heavy rain. An 8 mile run commute home, aiming for an easy pace.

Felt a little niggle in lower back left side while climbing Manor Lane, about 1.5 mile in.  It came and went, and by the end had disappeared. Legs felt good and I unintentionally pushed a bit harder than intended, probably trying to get home faster while actually enjoying the horrible weather.  Drank 350ml water.

Distance:  7.67 miles

Time:  1:07:35

Avg pace:  8:47 min/mile

Calories:  910

Elevation gain:  545ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1311

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Thursday 20 July, 07:27

16C, heavy rain, cool.  An 8 mile run-commute.  The training plan called for a 6 mile moderate run, so I used the commute and pushed on a bit.  

Setting out into very heavy rain, wore my Salomon jacket which kept me from the cold water but I still got wet through.  Had a gel before running (no breakfast), one at halfway and drank 350ml water.

Felt strong throughout and enjoyed it.  The rain let up after 4 miles.  Thought I’d done the route faster than before from the consistent effort I was putting in, and the great feeling powering up some inclines. Had knocked about 1 and a half minutes off previous best.

Distance:  7.64 miles

Time:  1:09:02

Avg pace:  9:01 min/mile

Calories:  910

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1307

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Friday 14 July, 07:16

14C, warm, overcast.  An 8 mile run-commute.  Felt a bit so-so, not strong, but packed a full backpack and set off.  Around halfway my legs came to life and I had a bit of bounce, around the same time light drizzle turned into a proper shower and soaked me.  It was nice though, cooling. 

Had a gel before starting and 400ml water during the run.  Felt fine at the finish and was a little quicker than yesterday, but not a pb.  Noticed right foot niggle on and off later in the run.

Distance:  7.66 miles

Time:  1:11:09

Avg HR:  141bpm

Avg pace:  9:17 min/mile

Calories:  800

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1297

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Wednesday 28 June, 06:59

11C, cold, wet – I mean, really wet, Biblical even.  A 12.84 mile run following the route of the Dig Deep 12.12 race route.  Had a protein bar driving over, 2 gels and 500ml water during the run.  This was a real test of my Salomon jacket.  Wore the hood to keep heat in (I’ve got no hair to keep dry).  Feet were soaked within the first 2 miles.  

Today I couldn’t find the optimum route down off Higger Tor, but my alternative was OK and I only lost a few minutes.  I wasn’t pushing on at race pace anyway, just had the mindset to follow the route and avoid injury.  

The return over Burbage Edge and along Houndkirk Road I had a strong, cold wind in my face, driving rain, and I had to remind myself it was late June.  I couldn’t feel the tips of my fingers.  It was mostly downhill along Houndkirk and Limb Valley, so the last 3-4 miles was OK on tired legs.  A good test, and later I realised my legs are fine, in spite of running 7 miles Mon and Tues I had plenty left.

I wore my Brooks in spite of the wet weather.  Considered the Inov-8 Claw 275 for grip, but there are miles of rocky paths and wanted the rock plate.  The muddy bits are shorter.  And I’ve not broken in the Inov-8 shoes yet.  

However, I could have done with wellies as I returned to the Limb Valley.  What had been 2 cows hanging around on the way out had turned into a herd of a dozen or more, all standing very deliberately on the path/route.  I rounded them, giving them space. They all turned to watch as I stepped off the path into long grass that covered a swamp.  I was calves deep in mud, then noticed the last cow was a different colour, and I suspected she could be a he.  Back on the path and got moving sharpish.

No photos today as my phone got so wet and my fingers so cold I tried but was incapable of unlocking it.  Would not have shown much except low cloud anyway.

Distance:  12.84 miles

Time:  2:27:18

Avg pace:  11:07 min/mile

Calories:  1532

Elevation gain:  1733ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  2 rabbits and 1 herd of cows!

training run #1286

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Thursday 8 June, 06:44

About 13C, rainy and windy. A 4 mile run.  Struggled to drag myself out of bed, with rain hitting the window.  But even a wet run is better than no run. Kept it to one lap of RV (on path not grass), but seemed to push on a bit harder than easy pace.  Noticed both heels niggle a bit in the first mile.  It turned out showery rather than constant rain, glad I did it.

Distance:  4.19 miles

Time:  36:11

Avg pace:  8:37 min/mile

Calories:  497

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

Wildlife:  1 squirrel, 1 rabbit

training run #1274

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Friday 12 May, 07:22

8C, mild, overcast. An 8 mile run into work.  Thought I’d try doing the commute on foot.  Planned the route taking a bit of trail in.  It was hard work in parts, hilly.  Drank 500ml water.  Had to pause here and there to navigate, so I expect to be faster next time.  The odd spot of rain at halfway turned into light rain at the end.  Noticed foot niggle from about three miles, it went off then returned; on and off.


Distance:  7.86 miles

Time:  1:15:25

Avg HR:  141bpm

Avg pace:  9:36 min/mile

Calories:  877

Elevation gain:  820ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia