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 Light 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.

training run #1357

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Sunday 1 October, 07:05

15C, rain, grey, breezy.  A 20 mile run along the Trans Pennine Trail to Chesterfield and back.  Repeating the route I did 2 weeks ago.  

Had planned to warm up and run the middle 15/16 miles at a set pace, something comfortable.  But I found that my TomTom wasn’t giving me great pace data because of the trees along the TPT, so ran by feel and sort of just went for it.  Tried to see what I could do.  

Previously I’d been surprised by my time/pace and finished with a little bit left over.  This time I pushed on – seemed crazy fast on the outbound – and held on as long as I could.  Only the last mile was beyond my comfort zone, including the uphill bit returning home.  Finished on ‘empty’.

Had a Chia Charge flapjack and 500ml water.  Didn’t use other stuff I’d carried.  Only wore t-shirt and shorts, carried stuff in my trail backpack, and didn’t mind the rain which changed from light to moderate and back.

Pace chart from Strava

I don’t think I could maintain this pace for the full 26 miles, but who knows how I’ll feel on the day, and what condition my taper will leave me in. One more 20 miler planned in 2 weeks time.  

Noticed right heel and calf, as usual. Left knee niggle but not bad. Really pleased with splits/time/pace.

Distance:  20.08 miles

Time:  2:45:34  (PB – nearly 9 mins better)

Avg pace:  8:15 min/mile

Calories:  2252

Ascent:  636ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  3 squirrels 

A great start to my #RunEveryDay

training run #1356

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Friday 29 September, 07:45

15C, low cloud, rain, mild.  A 6 mile run from Fox House.  Training plan called for a 6 mile moderate effort run, and instead of RV I decided to keep my trail fitness and do it in the Peak District.  From Fox House I ran along Burbage Edge, then along to Higger Tor and Mother Cap, crossing the road and returning along Burbage Brook.

It was raining as I got out of the car. Had a chewy gel and set off.  The route along Burbage Edge was familiar, very boggy underfoot.  Had a few bites of Chia Charge flapjack along the way, lovely.  

View from Burbage Edge looking across at where Higger Tor should be

The rain eased off heading towards Higger Tor, then I seemed to get slightly lost but was heading in the right direction, just not a brilliant path to follow.  

After Mother Cap and for the last mile the rain returned and was heavy, but it didn’t dampen my enjoyment.  Drank 150ml water.  

Stats are irrelevant today, put in effort on the climbs and throughout but paused for photos and for phone maps / GPS.

Distance:  6.07 miles

Time:  1:20:35

Avg pace:  12:42 min/mile

Calories:  703

Ascent:  803ft

Trainers:  Inov8 x-claw 275

training run #1353

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Monday 25 September, 07:09

13C, rainy and overcast.  The plan called for an easy 8 mile run.  Ran at Rother Valley.  Right heel niggled from the start, but by the second lap I was running easier and a very comfortable rhythm.  Didn’t mind the rain.

Distance:  8 miles

Time:  1:09:57

Avg pace:  8:44 min/mile

Calories:  921

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:   2 bold squirrels

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