Sunday 30 December, 11:00
Decided to do this run rather than a fell race in north Sheffield. Ran with Rachael, Scott (both VRs) and Mandy. Took it steady enjoying the undulating course through forested scenery. A mix of tarmac and trail.
Distance: 4.91 miles
Time: 47:32 official
A cold day, 8C, cloudy and trying to rain. Ran the Worksop Half with Jeff. It was difficult to decide what to wear, as it was very cold standing around the starting area but I thought I’d warm up quickly on the run. Wore calf guards, lightweight running jacket and carried 2 gels in Hilly waist pack. I got a bit warm after a few miles and unzipped the jacket.
Felt strong for the first half, legs bouncy, enjoying the mostly gentle hills and countryside. It is a brilliant course, very scenic. Had a drink at the three water points and laughed at the sponge station signs at 8 miles. Left knee got a niggle half way through but nothing major. Jeff had a bit of stitch and ankle pain. With a couple of miles left we agreed to keep to a sensible pace and enjoy the run, rather than push it along and chase the clock. A sensible decision, I think, avoiding possible injury. My legs still felt strong towards the end, whereas last year my thighs were suffering at the end.
We’d run this race faster than my recent training pace, which was a challenge and resulted in a raised HR but I kept it going OK. A great run and very pleased to come in close to 2 hours. Maybe we will return again next year…?
Distance: 21.1km (Garmin shows 21.09km)
Time: 2:00:11 (both Garmin and chip time the same)
Avg HR: 159bpm
Avg pace: 5:42 min/km
Mild, 13C, slight drizzle at the start, brightening up later. Did the race with Jeff, and it was a good run. The hills were mostly gentle and undulating. Our pace in the early km was faster than the planned 6 mins a km, but we kept it steady and kept going. I felt surprisingly good in the first part and the middle of the race. After 11 miles I started to tire a bit but kept up a decent pace and managed a sprint to the finish line to get in just under 2 hours. My best recent training time had been 6:29 slower, so a big reduction. A very well organised and fun race to do, along nice traffic-free roads and paths including Clumber Park. Think I might be back to do this one again sometime in the future 🙂
Distance (Garmin): 21.59km
Avg HR: 162bpm
Avg pace: 5:33 min/km
Avg cadence: 88spm
My peak HR going over the finish line was 186bpm, which Garmin Connect says is 106% of max!