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Castle parkrun with Sheffield VRs

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Saturday 8 December, 09:00

The morning after the VR Christmas meal, with strong wind and heavy showers. Just did a plodding round pace, saving my legs for tomorrow. Chatting and trying to not slip into racing mode, loved it.

Distance: 5km

Time: 29:39

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Percy Pud 10k race

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Sunday 2 December, 09:30

Drizzly rain set in for the start of the race. Around 3000 runners took part. Had planned to run it easy as I’m tapering for next weekend. However, I made a good start and pushed on a bit especially on the return leg (it’s an out and back route).

Enjoyed passing runners but it took a lot of weaving about to make progress. Was also good to see (and chat with) around 15 VRs.

Lots of reaction to my Christmas Tree headgear, all positive. Liked the route, would run this again.

Just seen in my age category I was 34th out of 154 – very pleased with that.

Distance: 10k; Suunto 6.23 miles

Time: official 45:27; Suunto 45:38 (late stopping watch on finish)

Avg pace: 7:19 min/mile

Calories: 741

Ascent: 189ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training session #1519

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Interval session with Sheffield Vegan Runners.

Wednesday 28 November, 18:15

A tough session with short sprints and short recovery! It rained and the wind blew, definitely added to the challenge. A great session with Fisher, Mikk, Helen, Karen and Caroline.

This was the first run out with a new running watch. Still learning its features and functions.

Distance: 5.36 miles (incl long WU and a WD)

Time: 1:06:50

training session #1517

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Thursday 22 November, 18:40

Social run in the woods with Vegan Runners. Dark and drizzly. A headtorch run up, down, all over, they completely lost me. Brilliant.

Distance: 4.31 miles

Time: 51:54

Avg pace: 12:02 min/mile

Calories: 493

training session #1515

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Tuesday 20 November, 17:36

Run commute home. Cold, wet, dark. Easy pace, no rush, enjoyed it.

Distance: 4.82 miles

Time: 46:56

Avg pace: 9:44 min/mile

Calories: 458

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

Dalby Dash 10k

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Sunday 11 November, 11:02

It started to rain as the race director said a few words and we had 2 minutes silence. I’d found out a bit about the course from another runner on the start line, positioned myself behind the fastest runners but not that far back.

The start was downhill then rose into a long hill about 1.5 miles long. After that was about 3 miles of downhill, then a flattish mile to the finish. The first 2 miles were good tarmac, then compacted stone trail.

Felt good on the hill, pushed hard down the downhill and kept it going along to the end.

Knocked 6 minutes off my 10k PB that I’d set at Stockport in September. Finished 101st out of 455. Was 17th in my age category out of 52. Very happy.

And I was going to do this race easy and work hard at Brighton next weekend! Guess I’ll swap it round and enjoy flat Brighton.

Distance: 10km

Time: official 45:21 Fitbit 45:25

Avg pace: official 7:18 min/mile Fitbit 7:35 min/mile

Avg HR: 148bpm

Calories: 495

Ascent: 580ft

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

Langdale Half Marathon, Saturday 20 October 2018

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I’d been given free entry to this race after cancelling my place on the Windermere Marathon in May with terrible Achilles trouble. Drove up from home, leaving at 04:30 for the early start. Raining again like the previous weekend.

I knew there were some hills, from the course profile. Set off steady, the first mile was flattish, then came a steep and long climb. There were lots of steep descents too. I picked up strength and speed in the middle and enjoyed passing a few runners.

Though it was similar weather to York I layered my tops the same and my hands were fine, not frozen.

It would have been more beautiful in crisp sunny autumn sunshine; today the hills were shrouded in cloud. I smiled a lot, per usual, knew I’d got plenty of energy to get me round.

Left adductor tightened up a bit. There was some car traffic on the minor roads the race is run on, but not the expected logjam. Approaching the finish chute I undid my jacket and got a ‘vegan runner’ shout out from the announcer.

Collecting my medal and giving back the timing device, the lady helping me commented “you’ve got a lovely smile”, which topped off my run nicely.

Finished 91st out of something like 302 runners. I was 10th in my age category out of 27. Happy with that, there looked to be a lot of gnarly, local old blokes running like mountain goats.

Distance: official 13.1 miles; Tom Tom 13.08 miles

Time: official 1:56:25; Tom Tom 1:56:23

Avg pace: 8:52 min/mile

Calories: 1449

Ascent: official 1700ft; Tom Tom 1664ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10