training run #1440

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Tuesday 10 April, 05:54

6C, cold and raining. A 4 mile recovery run, easy pace to loosen legs.

Distance: 4.19 miles

Time: 39:06

Avg pace: 9:18 min/mile

Calories: 481

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10


training run #1433

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Tuesday 27 March, 06:42

5C, raining, cold and windy. An easy pace 4 mile run, to loosen the legs after the weekend race.

Right heel niggled for the first mile. Felt freezing in a southerly headwind. Jogged round easy at recovery pace.

Distance: 4.2 miles

Time: 38:08

Avg pace: 9:05 min/mile

Calories: 478

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1429

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Thursday 15 March, 06:07

5C, cold, rain showers. A 4 mile run at easy pace. Just wanted to get a run in before an earlier than usual start at work.

Intended to do 6 miles but realised as it got colder and more persistent rain that I’d under-dressed for the weather and decided to cut it a bit short. Not like me at all but it help me get off on time.

Wore Fitbit a little tighter on wrist and got a sensible HR reading for a change.

Distance: 4.2 miles

Time: 37:10

Avg HR: 152bpm

Avg pace: 8:50 min/mile

Calories: 423

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1414 (ParkRun #1)

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Saturday 3 February, 09:05

3C, cold and rainy. My first Park Run, 3 miles.

Had a sore throat that’s turned into a very runny nose this week. Probably a result of wearing myself out with the 20 miler last weekend. So a short 5k and a chance to meet up with some Vegan Runners at the monthly meet seemed a good idea.

Got there early, bit of a warm up, and had a first timers briefing on the route and finish procedure.

Found a couple of Vegan Runners at the start; quickly lost both as we got going.

The first mile was very crowded. Narrow paths and runners doing all sorts of speeds. Didn’t force myself through, stayed patient. As the runners started to spread out I carried on picking them off. Felt good, strong, and did my third mile in 7:01 🙂

At the finish there’s quite some time taken between entering the chute, getting your finish position tag and having your barcode scanned.

Pleased with my effort. Ended up 191st out of 592 Runners, (161st male and 18th in age category). Gathered afterwards with a small bunch of Vegan Runners.

Distance: 3.03 miles

Time: 24:37 (official 25:17)

Avg pace: 8:07 min/mile

Calories: 328

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1412

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Saturday 27 January, 07:49

4C, overcast and windy, turning to rain with low cloud on the high parts of the run. A 20.3 mile run on the Exterminator course.

Started from another point in Totley and went up a gentler ascent towards Totley Trig. Adapted the route to avoid Carl Wark and the swamp. Kept a good steady pace. Lots of soggy ground.

Had a gel and a Clif Bar and 800ml water. Tired towards the end but walked strong when I had to. Loved it, chuffed to do 20 miles when I’m not at that point in a marathon (or ultra) training cycle. Heel niggled throughout. TomTom didn’t find GPS for the first half mile.


Distance: 19.8 miles

Time: 4:06:38

Avg pace: 12:08 min/mile

Calories: 2229

Ascent: 3094ft

Trainers: Inov-8 x-claw 275

Wildlife: 1 deer, cows and sheep

training run #1402

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Thursday 4 January, 07:54

6C, cold, rainy, windy. A 7 mile run commute into work. Followed the same route as yesterday in reverse. Kept it very easy pace, persistent onward progress. There are a few long gradual inclines to grind out. Enjoyed it though, listened to a podcast.

I don’t usually have breakfast before a run, but did today. Made sure I had an hour or more to digest it a little.

Distance: 7.26 miles

Time: 1:11:13

Avg pace: 9:49 min/mile

Calories: 836

Ascent: 553ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1401

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Wednesday 3 January, 17:07

8C, rainy and windy. A 7 mile run commute home.

Thought I’d start up the run commute again. Took a different route to previously, sticking to the footpaths on Stradbroke Road, Beighton Road, through Woodhouse instead of the trail part of the route alongside Mosborough Parkway. (Thought it’d be too boggy with the heavy rain.)

Didn’t push on, just enjoyed it. The usual heel niggle on and off.

Distance: 7.25 miles

Time: 1:08:17

Avg pace: 9:24 min/mile

Calories: 826

Ascent: 492ft

Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10