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Training Log Archive: Mark3

In the 7 days ending Aug 18:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - Offroad3 11:17:08 41.45(16:20) 66.7(10:09) 4382
  Running - Road/Track2 2:26:00 16.74(8:43) 26.94(5:25) 267
  Total5 13:43:08 58.18(14:09) 93.64(8:47) 4649

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Sunday Aug 18 #

(rest day)

Pretty tired today.

Saturday Aug 17 #

6 AM

Running - Offroad long (Abraham's Tea Round) 9:16:40 [4] 47.02 km (11:50 / km) +3574m 8:35 / km
ahr:120 max:162 shoes: Mudclaw G260

With Billy from work - it was his idea! I was interested due to the free cake on offer on completion.
Weather forecast was bit of wind and rain but not too bad. Showers in the dark on the way (left home 3.25am) were depressing but fine when we arrive for a 6.30ish start from Keswick. Anticlockwise round chosen by me since most people to clockwise.

Easy couple of km on the road/footpaths at the start, then first climb to Barrow is fine on a good path; windy at the top. Descent good fun. Then bashed our way through the bracken to save as much height as possible to Rowling End. Bit rocky up to Causey Pike bit would've been harder going down it. Nice ridge undulating and ascending to Sail, going steady, first time into the clag. Excellent NW bearing from Crag Hill to avoid Eel Crag, then up to Grisedale (excellent views) and back round to Hopegill.
Then glorious ridge run 6km right down to Buttermere. All going pretty perfectly until here and wouldn't have been much faster on my own.

5 min stop to refill water then to the Buttermere bridge; footpath flooded so a hundred meters or so of thigh-deep wading. Splashy on the other side too. Then steep climb up through the woods. Billy needed to stop a few times as was in quite a bit of pain.
Rather than going all the way around Red Pike I wanted to take a more direct line to High Stile - this started off grassy but became a bit rocky later on. But not too much; I think this was a good choice. There was also a gully which looked possible but after the JNC gully up to Bowfell didn't want to take any chances! Again Billy really struggled with this climb and I was waiting around a bit.

Found the 'path' off High Stile very hard to follow (ie didn't really exist near the top) and so I lost time here. Would be good to know if a grassy line exists? Otherwise it looked like the 'path' follows the rocky ridgeline and so is tough going down. The path stays pretty rocky even past the top bit; this was my least favourite part of the route. It becomes okay again just above Comb Beck.

Into Gatesgarth and another brief stop, than last tough climb up Robinson. Billy stopping every minute or so now and in a very dark place. I was secretly quite enjoying it; some amazing views. Eventually summitted and then another lovely ridge run along High Snab Bank before dropping down. Bit of tedious road to Little Town and then one last easy climb up to Catbells before heading through some flat woodland back towards Keswick. Billy had to stop a few times even on the flat - but we made it at a jog through Keswick and to the finish.

Really liked the route, will definitely come back and have another go. Orange and Polenta cake was a good choice. Good to know that 9 hours really doesn't feel that long a day anymore! Quite disturbing that, actually. Also my quads and knees were fine after that amount of ascent - possibly because of the slower speed of the second half, but even so.

Barrow 53
Rowling 1:21
Causey 1:40
Sail 2:08
Crag Hill 2:17
Grisedale 2:44
Hopegill 3:01
High Stile 5:10
Robinson 7:09
Catbells 8:25

Friday Aug 16 #

(rest day)

Thursday Aug 15 #

6 PM

Running - Road/Track (MaccH B Group) 1:11:45 [3] 14.41 km (4:59 / km) +99m 4:49 / km
ahr:150 max:172 shoes: Nike Pegasus 35

Easy pace 9 miles. Only three of us there; did a winter (road) route the best we could remember it.
Easy day tomorrow as well before Saturday.

Wednesday Aug 14 #

7 PM

Running - Offroad race (Eccles Pike) 27:22 [5] 5.34 km (5:07 / km) +236m 4:12 / km
ahr:149 max:167 shoes: Mudclaw G260


39 seconds slower than last year :'(
That's quite a lot on a short race. It was definitely slower conditions, not raining but had been all day, and it was a record big field so the standard was high. Went out as hard as possible and doing acceptably until the steep road hill, but passed by about 10 there. Then ok across first field but had to queue at the wall - don't think I had to wait in the previous 2 years.
Steady along the track, hard to overtake, could've been faster without the other people. Then ran a lot of the steep hill and passed about 8 incl. Jordan, but he came back past on the descent. Think he was the only one, though - I passed 2 on the track and another 2 lower down. Again though, track was busy with people coming up and no room to overtake. Had to queue again at the high stile going down!
Ok to the end; bit of a gap both in front and behind so didn't have to push too hard.

Lesson for next year is to push really hard up the first road hill even if it kills me. Allen was 30s up and he said he had clear air and no queuing the whole way around; so not far off the required pace.

N and Billy flew round in 3rd and 4th, about 3 mins up.

Tuesday Aug 13 #

6 PM

Running - Road/Track warm up/down (To BH jog) 24:51 [4] 4.74 km (5:15 / km) +74m 4:52 / km
ahr:138 max:152 shoes: Nike Pegasus 35

Estimated a 2k loop since the start of the training run was so close to my house; massively underestimated the 5k distance and so had to run quite fast. Bit late - would've made it on time but I got a bit lost in a muddy field and was chased by a horse. Last km at 4min ks wasn't really what I was aiming for from today!

Running - Road/Track (Bollington Harriers jog) 49:24 [2] 7.79 km (6:20 / km) +94m 5:59 / km
ahr:134 max:160 shoes: Nike Pegasus 35

Very slow, but with one random hill rep where I properly went for it (3rd/790 segment). Reckon I can go a bit faster now I know where the end is - 6s for the win on a 60s segment? Might be pushing it a bit.
First time my HR has got that high in a long long time. Definitely still felt like a rep even though there was only one!

Remainder slow and sociable.

Monday Aug 12 #

6 PM

Running - Offroad (MaccH Fell Training) 1:33:06 [3] 14.34 km (6:29 / km) +572m 5:25 / km
ahr:137 max:162 shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 290 (grey)

Meant to be a recovery run but the group of 25ish split into fast and slow at the beginning and I ended up in the 6 rather than the 19...

At the back the whole time but just about managed to keep my heart rate reasonable on the ascents. Feeling ok legswise although calves tight from the HM yday.

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