training run #1297

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Wednesday 28 June, 06:59

11C, cold, wet – I mean, really wet, Biblical even.  A 12.84 mile run following the route of the Dig Deep 12.12 race route.  Had a protein bar driving over, 2 gels and 500ml water during the run.  This was a real test of my Salomon jacket.  Wore the hood to keep heat in (I’ve got no hair to keep dry).  Feet were soaked within the first 2 miles.  

Today I couldn’t find the optimum route down off Higger Tor, but my alternative was OK and I only lost a few minutes.  I wasn’t pushing on at race pace anyway, just had the mindset to follow the route and avoid injury.  

The return over Burbage Edge and along Houndkirk Road I had a strong, cold wind in my face, driving rain, and I had to remind myself it was late June.  I couldn’t feel the tips of my fingers.  It was mostly downhill along Houndkirk and Limb Valley, so the last 3-4 miles was OK on tired legs.  A good test, and later I realised my legs are fine, in spite of running 7 miles Mon and Tues I had plenty left.

I wore my Brooks in spite of the wet weather.  Considered the Inov-8 Claw 275 for grip, but there are miles of rocky paths and wanted the rock plate.  The muddy bits are shorter.  And I’ve not broken in the Inov-8 shoes yet.  

However, I could have done with wellies as I returned to the Limb Valley.  What had been 2 cows hanging around on the way out had turned into a herd of a dozen or more, all standing very deliberately on the path/route.  I rounded them, giving them space. They all turned to watch as I stepped off the path into long grass that covered a swamp.  I was calves deep in mud, then noticed the last cow was a different colour, and I suspected she could be a he.  Back on the path and got moving sharpish.

No photos today as my phone got so wet and my fingers so cold I tried but was incapable of unlocking it.  Would not have shown much except low cloud anyway.

Distance:  12.84 miles

Time:  2:27:18

Avg pace:  11:07 min/mile

Calories:  1532

Elevation gain:  1733ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  2 rabbits and 1 herd of cows!

training run #1286

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Thursday 8 June, 06:44

About 13C, rainy and windy. A 4 mile run.  Struggled to drag myself out of bed, with rain hitting the window.  But even a wet run is better than no run. Kept it to one lap of RV (on path not grass), but seemed to push on a bit harder than easy pace.  Noticed both heels niggle a bit in the first mile.  It turned out showery rather than constant rain, glad I did it.

Distance:  4.19 miles

Time:  36:11

Avg pace:  8:37 min/mile

Calories:  497

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

Wildlife:  1 squirrel, 1 rabbit

training run #1274

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Friday 12 May, 07:22

8C, mild, overcast. An 8 mile run into work.  Thought I’d try doing the commute on foot.  Planned the route taking a bit of trail in.  It was hard work in parts, hilly.  Drank 500ml water.  Had to pause here and there to navigate, so I expect to be faster next time.  The odd spot of rain at halfway turned into light rain at the end.  Noticed foot niggle from about three miles, it went off then returned; on and off.

Distance:  7.86 miles

Time:  1:15:25

Avg HR:  141bpm

Avg pace:  9:36 min/mile

Calories:  877

Elevation gain:  820ft

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1238

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Thursday 23 February, 06:17

9C, rain, strong winds. A 6.5 mile run.  Maintained easy effort on this run, as much as is possible in a stiff north westerly wind.  Heavy rain set in halfway round the first lap.  Drank 500ml water.  Might as well have tipped the bottle over me, got soaked.

Distance:  10.63km

Time:  1:00:15

Avg HR:  144bpm

Avg pace:  5:40 min/km

Calories:  705

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

training run #1229

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Sunday 12 February, 06:29

1C, dark, cold, wintry showers. A 20 mile run.  Legs felt good and it seemed like I maintained a good pace/effort throughout. Had 4 gels and 1 litre of water. Was soaked through by the time I reached Harthill (12km) and was running into a stiff headwind with icy snow hurting my eyes.

Finished feeling relatively OK. Was keeping a good pace in the last few km and could have carried on a bit further. (Can’t always say that after a 20-miler!)

Fitbit screencap

Distance:  32.22km
Time:  3:05:27 (could only find one faster 20 miler, back in 2013)

Avg HR:  143 (seems low)

Avg pace:  5:45 min/km

Calories:  2097

Brooks Ghost trainers #3

training run #1221

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Wednesday 1 February, 06:31

8C, cool, windy, light rain. A 7 mile run.  Puddles underfoot and constant light rain throughout this run. Included intervals, 3x 400m. Enjoyed it.

Distance:  11.44km

Time:  1:03:32

Avg HR:  146bpm

Avg pace:  5:33 min/km

Calories:  735

Brooks Ghost trainers #3

training run #1220

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Tuesday 31 January, 06:38

4C, cold, rain. A 5 mile run. A gusty wind blew the rain horizontal and made for a cold, miserable run. Very few dog walkers or others were out in it. 

Distance:  8.18km

Time:  46:00

Avg HR:  140bpm

Avg pace:  5:37 min/km

Calories:  506

Brooks Ghost trainers #3