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Training Log Archive: g.foz.foster

In the 7 days ending Sep 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Fell 4 20:53:20 96.52(12:59) 155.34(8:04) 12351
  Off-road (75%+)3 3:13:47 23.47(8:15) 37.77(5:08) 880
  Total7 24:07:07 119.99(12:04) 193.11(7:30) 13231

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Saturday Sep 26 #

8 AM

Fell 8:36:50 [4] 60.86 km (8:30 / km) +4977m 6:02 / km
shoes: Scott Supertrac 2.0

Legs 3, 4 and 5 solo after getting stood up. Boo hoo.

Felt tired but the fatigue never really built. Don't know why but went hard on Steel Fell straight off the bat. Poles were a wonder, felt like Remi Bonnet - minus the 6 foot legs.

Carried on for Leg 3 as usual; know it pretty well now so was just a case of re-familiarising with little aspects of it - the trod up to Bowfell from Rossett, the exact summit of Great End (?!?) etc. Got held up at Broad Stand so took a detour round via Foxes Tarn, which adds a significant amount of time on (why anyone would want to go that way over Broad Stand or Lord's Rake). Good descent into Wasdale then the grind of Yewbarrow, which wasn't too bad.

Really like Leg 4, lots of interesting running and some brute climbs. Got round this about 30' under 15hr schedule (Leg 3 was 10' under schedule but I'd add another 10' for the Foxes Tarn detour).

Felt tired on the run down to Honister but picked up nice enough for the climb up Dale Head. Didn't move as fast as I'd maybe like on the road section back into Keswick but, looking at the watch, still managed to average 5:00/km.

Fuelling was pretty much spot on though I felt some stomach hunger once on the road (same carbs/hr as yesterday - used some Maurten sachets that I got for my birthday and was really impressed by them).

Friday Sep 25 #

Fell 5:25:23 [3] 41.79 km (7:47 / km) +3552m 5:28 / km
shoes: Scott Supertrac 2.0

Leg 1 and 2

Felt tired from the off. Long week in a shite job didn't help I don't think.

Cold today, with a strong headwind that came in from around half way up Skiddaw. Tried a new line that Jacob thought he knew off Blencathra down the first third of the parachute drop before joining Hall's Fell and finishing down that. Not convinced at all. Still interested in the parachute drop as an option so will try that again.

Had to have a proper sit down half way up Clough Head as I was flagging despite being more on top of my food intake. Not much happened on the way to Fairfield but again took the Cofa line rather than the out-and-back path. Was faster on this last time but not convinced after today. Back out tomorrow so will get Ben or someone to go one way and I'll try the other for a more 'scientific' effort.

Food intake was 3 gels and a flapjack per hour with around 2.5l electrolytes / water = 102g carbs / hour from the gels and flapjack (if the labels are correct) and a further 30g carbs per 500ml drink mix (around 500ml per hour)

Thursday Sep 24 #

5 PM

Fell 1:49:36 [3] 18.41 km (5:57 / km) +1167m 4:31 / km
shoes: Scott Supertrac 2.0

90' SE

Wet as an otter's pocket and slippery as Prince Andrew.

Parked up at Little Town and ran up the flat track to the hause between Dale Head and Maiden Moor then took the Borrowdale descent line down towards Rosthwaite before looping back and up to Honister.

Leg 5 without Hindscarth to check out the descent off Robinson and the line that misses the rocky steps off that. Managed to find it first time in the clag, which was good, but dipped off it too early and ended up still a bit too high before the steep line that reverses the AW race route.

The ankle had a really good test on the slippy, shite rocks and grass, which I took relatively quickly, and held up really well on everything.

Wednesday Sep 23 #

5 PM

Off-road (75%+) 1:01:04 [2] 12.03 km (5:05 / km) +296m 4:31 / km
shoes: Scott Supertrac 2.0

Easy 60' w/ 6x hill sprints

Exactly the same route as yesterday but stopped on my way back and did the hill sprints on one of the lorry tracks up into the trees.

A bit too loose and gravelly with hindsight but didn't seem too bad until the back 3 of the set of 6.

Similar feeling in the legs to yesterday's strides, just didn't feel like they were really moving - which probably doesn't make a huge amount of sense. Not heavy and tired but just no 'pop' to them.

Again though, zero issues with the ankle, so fingers crossed that's the back of that.

Tuesday Sep 22 #

5 PM

Off-road (75%+) 1:06:35 [1] 13.43 km (4:57 / km) +295m 4:28 / km
shoes: Scott Supertrac 2.0

Easy 60' w/ strides

Felt really good on the run. Absolutely no issues with the ankle at all, which was encouraging.

Same route as yesterday but with a slightly longer hill put in in the middle. Legs felt great all the way round until the strides then I just couldn't seem to get going in them; felt completely flat all of a sudden.

Last of the good weather for a while by the look of it. Pissing it down and pretty grim out.

Monday Sep 21 #

5 PM

Off-road (75%+) 1:06:08 [1] 12.31 km (5:22 / km) +289m 4:48 / km
shoes: Scott Supertrac 2.0

Easy 60'

Out into the woods at Beck Wythop and back. Not much imagination in the route but nice enough all the same.

Ankle still not come right. Seems to be almost totally fine when actually running but still got that tender-ish feeling every other time. Seemed completely fine yesterday but felt it as the day went on today at work. Doesn't inhibit at all pretty much when running; can only feel it occasionally.

Legs generally a touch stiff from the weekend but loosened off almost straight away and didn't feel over tired or poor.

Sunday Sep 20 #

9 AM

Fell 5:01:31 [3] 34.28 km (8:48 / km) +2655m 6:20 / km
shoes: VJ iRock 2

Leg 4 and Dale Head climb

Met up with Cal down in Seathwaite and ran over Styhead into Wasdale to avoid the drive round.

Good warm up for Yewbarrow, which never got any easier since the last time. Got up this with the poles and then packed them away for the remainder of the leg - there's no other good places to use them, for me anyhow.

As an aside, I definitely think they'll be worthwhile having along, especially on those bigger, grassier climbs at the start of each leg and the one up from the Caldew to Blencathra.

Felt the tiredness from the past couple of days in the legs but was still able to climb pretty well and run the flats at a decent pace. Took the downhills easy as per the past couple of days. Good to run over the leg again as I don't think I've done it in a oner since 2016 or so. Not the hardest to get round though.

Happy to get up Dale Head in 20' from the slate mines; we stopped a couple of times on the way just to have a look back at the line off Grey Knotts to the mines. Took the Borrowdale race line off Dale Head and trotted back round into Seathwaite.

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