Saturday 9 December, 08:03
-1C, clear skies, chill wind. A 9 mile run on roughly half of the Exterminator course. Wrapped up well and started on Penny Lane. Blessed by a great sunrise.
Stunning view on the climb up from Penny Lane to Totley Trig
I’d taken a week off running due to a cough. It’s not completely gone but that didn’t trouble me on the run. Good to be doing hills again, need to build up fitness again as I’m recovered from the marathon now.
Felt right heel on and off, and it stiffened up afterwards.
Ran to Totley Trig, across and up through Blacka Moor to Piper House Gate, up and across Houndkirk Moor, down over Burbage Edge (carefully!), along to Fox House, and up to Moss Road, back via Horse’s Field to the start.
Lots of ice around, in places the whole width of the path or trail. Slipped and slid but didn’t fall, phew! The x-claw shoes were great for the snow though, and part-frozen peat/soil.
Up on Houndkirk there was a fog/low cloud obscuring the view of Hathersage Moor and Higger Tor.
Drank 250ml water and had 2 sweet jelly things and 1 gel.
Enjoyed this. With heavy snow forecast for tomorrow I hope it clears so I can come back and do the other half of the Exterminator route soon.
The strap is broken on my Tom Tom watch so while I source a replacement I wore Fitbit. That froze on the Settings screen when I wanted to set off. So these stats are from recording my run straight into Strava app.
Distance: 9.1 miles
Avg pace: 12:17 min/mile
Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275
Postscript: The black toenail I got in the Exterminator race in September fell off in the shower today. And it looks like I’ve got another black toenail coming on the same toe on opposite foot. Must be something about this route!
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!)
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
Brooks Ghost trainers #3
Friday 13 January, 06:28
3C, snowing, dark, cold, windy. A 7 mile run. I saw snow starting to fall in the streetlamps as I left the house. It got worse gradually throughout the run but wasn’t settling on the floor. But worst was the strong winds. Just got on with the run and pleased to get it in. By the finish my tshirt and lightweight jacket were soaked through and plastered to my chest.
Avg HR: 146bpm
Avg pace: 5:43 min/km
Brooks Ghost trainers #3
Sunday 17 January, 08:00
-1C, bright with cloud cover, cold. A coating of snow and ice. Went for a 13 mile run and just wrapped up and took it steady to get around safely. Lovely scenes with snow on trees and hedges (and everything), and just paced myself. Had 2 gels. Nice to get back to this distance after my Achilles trouble. 12 weeks to Manchester marathon and 42 weeks to NYC.
Avg HR: 144bpm
Avg pace: 6:05 min/km
White trainers #2
Thursday 26 March, 06:27
3C, cold, snow/sleet. Thought it was raining but as I stepped outside the front door for this 7 mile run I saw it was snowing! Wore hat and gloves but my wet legs got frozen with a cold headwind on the nearside of RV. So cold I didn’t notice any niggles 🙂 The snow/sleet eased off on the second lap and I washed off a thick layer of grime in the shower.
Avg HR: 145bpm
Avg pace: 5:37 min/km
White trainers #2
Tuesday 3 February, 08:50
1C, cold, snowy, windy. Off work this week so got out for my 7 mile run after sunrise, for a change. Wrapped up well and headed out with a few snowflakes falling. By the time I got to the far side of RV I was running into a freezing headwind and heavy snow shower, couldn’t see anything. Frozen patches on the path and parts of the lakes were frozen over. Second lap the snowfall stopped, sun came out. Calves were a bit tight but no heel niggles. My fastest 7 miler for a while.
Avg HR: 148bpm
Avg pace: 5:42 min/km
Wednesday 21 January, 06:38
3C, cold and overcast. Overnight snowfall presented me with 1-2 inches of wet, slushy snow, and as I got up a bit late I decided to do just one lap, 4 miles. It was heavy going and the time/pace stats are meaningless. But I felt good for getting it done and beating the weather all the same. So more of a psychological win than a great training session.
Avg HR: 141bpm
Avg pace: 6:24 min/km
White trainers (still drying out)