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

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