Saturday 9 March, 10:03
Wanted to treat this race as a long slow training run for Paris.
The weather was mixed – between rain, hail and gale force wind! Tiny bit of sun peeped through towards the end.
I remembered sections of the route as they came up, from last year. Was following everyone else not map reading.
Ground was muddy, boggy in parts. I tired about 14 miles then got going again. Tripped on Froggatt Edge while gazing at a spectacular rainbow above Grindleford. Caught my fall, didn’t go splat.
Felt good at the finish, much better than last year. And faster too.
Distance: 21.2 miles
Time: Suunto 3:50:34 awaiting official time
Avg pace: 10:51 min/mile
Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275
Sunday 23 December, 09:07
Drove through heavy rain to Clumber, but it eased off to light occasional rain for the race. First time here, the course is three and a bit laps. Muddy trails.
Ran easy pace with Julie and Rachael. Lots of Christmas spirit from the runners and marshalls.
Jo provided coffee and a mince pie after.
Unofficial figures –
Distance: 6.3 miles
Avg HR: 140bpm
Avg pace: 9:46 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13
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.
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
Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10
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)
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
Avg pace: 12:02 min/mile
Tuesday 20 November, 17:36
Run commute home. Cold, wet, dark. Easy pace, no rush, enjoyed it.
Distance: 4.82 miles
Avg pace: 9:44 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10