training #1429

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Thursday 15 March, 06:07

5C, cold, rain showers. A 4 mile run at easy pace. Just wanted to get a run in before an earlier than usual start at work.

Intended to do 6 miles but realised as it got colder and more persistent rain that I’d under-dressed for the weather and decided to cut it a bit short. Not like me at all but it help me get off on time.

Wore Fitbit a little tighter on wrist and got a sensible HR reading for a change.

Distance: 4.2 miles

Time: 37:10

Avg HR: 152bpm

Avg pace: 8:50 min/mile

Calories: 423

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10


training run #1414 (ParkRun #1)

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Saturday 3 February, 09:05

3C, cold and rainy. My first Park Run, 3 miles.

Had a sore throat that’s turned into a very runny nose this week. Probably a result of wearing myself out with the 20 miler last weekend. So a short 5k and a chance to meet up with some Vegan Runners at the monthly meet seemed a good idea.

Got there early, bit of a warm up, and had a first timers briefing on the route and finish procedure.

Found a couple of Vegan Runners at the start; quickly lost both as we got going.

The first mile was very crowded. Narrow paths and runners doing all sorts of speeds. Didn’t force myself through, stayed patient. As the runners started to spread out I carried on picking them off. Felt good, strong, and did my third mile in 7:01 🙂

At the finish there’s quite some time taken between entering the chute, getting your finish position tag and having your barcode scanned.

Pleased with my effort. Ended up 191st out of 592 Runners, (161st male and 18th in age category). Gathered afterwards with a small bunch of Vegan Runners.

Distance: 3.03 miles

Time: 24:37 (official 25:17)

Avg pace: 8:07 min/mile

Calories: 328

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1412

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Saturday 27 January, 07:49

4C, overcast and windy, turning to rain with low cloud on the high parts of the run. A 20.3 mile run on the Exterminator course.

Started from another point in Totley and went up a gentler ascent towards Totley Trig. Adapted the route to avoid Carl Wark and the swamp. Kept a good steady pace. Lots of soggy ground.

Had a gel and a Clif Bar and 800ml water. Tired towards the end but walked strong when I had to. Loved it, chuffed to do 20 miles when I’m not at that point in a marathon (or ultra) training cycle. Heel niggled throughout. TomTom didn’t find GPS for the first half mile.


Distance: 19.8 miles

Time: 4:06:38

Avg pace: 12:08 min/mile

Calories: 2229

Ascent: 3094ft

Trainers: Inov-8 x-claw 275

Wildlife: 1 deer, cows and sheep

training run #1402

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Thursday 4 January, 07:54

6C, cold, rainy, windy. A 7 mile run commute into work. Followed the same route as yesterday in reverse. Kept it very easy pace, persistent onward progress. There are a few long gradual inclines to grind out. Enjoyed it though, listened to a podcast.

I don’t usually have breakfast before a run, but did today. Made sure I had an hour or more to digest it a little.

Distance: 7.26 miles

Time: 1:11:13

Avg pace: 9:49 min/mile

Calories: 836

Ascent: 553ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1401

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Wednesday 3 January, 17:07

8C, rainy and windy. A 7 mile run commute home.

Thought I’d start up the run commute again. Took a different route to previously, sticking to the footpaths on Stradbroke Road, Beighton Road, through Woodhouse instead of the trail part of the route alongside Mosborough Parkway. (Thought it’d be too boggy with the heavy rain.)

Didn’t push on, just enjoyed it. The usual heel niggle on and off.

Distance: 7.25 miles

Time: 1:08:17

Avg pace: 9:24 min/mile

Calories: 826

Ascent: 492ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1389

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Thursday 14 December, 07:02

2C, raining, cold, dark. A 4 mile run. Dragged myself out of a nice warm bed and got this done. Enjoyed it really, even though it was raining for most of the run, and the paths at Rother Valley were slippery with melting, slushy ice.

Tom Tom broken strap replaced:

Distance: 4.21 miles

Time: 39:07

Avg pace: 9:16 min/mile

Calories: 480

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife: 1 rabbit

Dark and White 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.