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Training Log Archive: RHF

In the 7 days ending May 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running5 21:01:01 64.5(19:33) 103.8(12:09)
  Yoga/Stretching/S&C1 45:00
  Total6 21:46:01 64.5 103.8

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Sunday May 26 #

9 AM

Running long 5:25:41 [3] 24.52 km (13:17 / km)
shoes: Inov-8 Parkclaw G280 Blue

Bob Graham Leg 2 (most of) with Matt and Niel
Weather forecast could've been better with the risk of thunder incoming. Thought may as well do more on the route, show Matt another leg and allow Niel to see leg 2 in the light! Conditions good to start with then some cloud and rain on the highest tops.

From the cottage at Burns Farm then a new route up Clough Head. Much nicer than the BG line! Then usual gradual along the ridge. All felt fairly familiar and only got the map out when it became pretty low visibility for Helvellyn (but maybe could have got away with it!) A little bit of doubt on Nethermost Pike (which is the cairm?) and Dollywagon Pike (need to fully skirt first knoll). Then we went down the path to Grizedale Tarn which was super slippy in the damp conditions. Off the pace today but that wasn't down to me or my legs!

Some good mountain decision making practice:
Felt a little cold early on so tried running in my Decathlon waterproof trousers. All good
Decathlon overmitts also good, maybe a bit baggy
Montane waterproof has been sufficient this weekend (not previously tested much in rain)
We spent 5 mins on Helvellyn summit and did get a bit cold. Matt was cold by the end of ridge. Decided best plan was to all descend together from Grizedale Tarn. I could have continued quite happily along the rest of the leg.
Tried out my parkclaws again and they were fine actually
Have found long sleeve base layer, windproof, rain coat was enough in cool conditions and rain
Definitely better wearing baseball cap under the hood

500ml Tailwind, 500-750ml water, 12 jelly babies, 12 Tangfastics, 80g marzipan, 1 hula hoops, 3 cheese and hummus wraps, 1 Torq flapjack

Saturday May 25 #

2 PM

Running 2:42:21 [3] 17.29 km (9:23 / km)
shoes: Inov-8 Parkclaw G280 Blue

Bob Graham Leg 5 try out for Matt P the road specialist
Morning spent volunteering at Rothay parkrun while the others ran. Then some brunch before a quick sort and bus up to Honister. Not as frequent as I expected! A quick look around Honister and the car parks before heading up. Much easier doing it at the beginning of the run! Clear sunny skies today. It was great to have 360 views.

Matt strong on the climbs but tentative on any of the downhills. Quite a few people out walking after basically seeing noone the previous days. Lighter bag was also much nicer! Tried out the scree descent after the first down scramble descending Robinson. Found it not very good and quite shallow. Felt tentative and slow. Think the grass slope would be better on tired legs. Could bum slide next to it if needed! I descended a bit to show Matt the way then back up to the start of the scree and we got down at the same time. Other downhills we were taking minutes out of him. The. The jog along the road back to Keswick. The two climbs aren't too bad but it definitely undulates in places as well. Schedule not as generous as I thought it was going to be! We were only 20 mins up overall. Stopped at the High Street due to busy market day then to the ice cream shop! Good to experience the whole leg. Matt definitely good Mr Motivator but not strong descender (as expected!)

Friday May 24 #

10 AM

Running long 5:45:13 [3] 22.81 km (15:08 / km)
shoes: Ronhill Reverence

Bob Graham Leg 4 with Niel
From Wasdale to Honister then down into Borrowdale. Still in the clag making navigation tricky (and no photos!). Weather a bit better than yesterday but no views.

Good night at Burnthwaite B and B. Friendly owners. Some cereal, scrambled eggs and a sausage for breakfast (more than yesterdays cereal bar!) Slow to get out to allow the food to go down. Walk to the church then jog along the road. Up Yewbarrow, once again not quite getting the line right through the field. Into the clag quickly so couldn't see how high we were! Trying to use poles today after carrying them all yesterday. Top of right foot a bit uncomfortable particularly on the descents. I quite like the ascent of Red Pike, it does go on but relatively gradual and interestingly rocky. The paths around Pillar are rocky and seem to go on for ages. Tried a different gully up Kirkfell which was pretty good. Cutting onto the side of it quite early was best. Not the best line after the gully gradually going to the top, felt like we drifted a bit. Was doubting finding the line off Kirkfell, it probably is just further than I think.
Up Great Gable all okay. Off Great Gable drifted far to far towards Sty Head pass, need to go way more north off the summit. Ended up on steep rocky ground and lost time. I didn't really have my map or compass out. Using Niels watch for trace and altimeter helped a bit. Then poles away and map out for the final descent from Green Gable. I really enjoy this section particularly the descent into Honister. It's far more runnable and feels like you can move well again. Then jog down the path to Seatoller and back to the car

Thursday May 23 #

9 AM

Running long 6:15:45 [3] 29.07 km (12:56 / km)
shoes: Ronhill Reverence

Bob Graham leg 3 from Dunmail to Wasdale and Burnthwaite Farm
Had been feeling a little bit apprehensive this week. Maybe putting pressure on myself that this weekend needed to be another good one. Forecast wasn't amazing so that didn't help! Packed quite a bit of kit so that I had enough to look after myself and increase the odds of success. Train up yesterday then bus in and up into the clag.

Straight away bag felt heavy! A fair bit of food and felt like MMesque weight. Carried poles the whole time but didn't use them as felt like I already had too much going on with my hands. Majority of the time wearing overmitts and compass, map, taking on food etc. Conditions were worse to start with then actually weren't too bad up high. Started in Helly and Montane Coat and put on my windproof and gloves extra before the bigger mountains. Didn't see anyone till descending Bowfell then a couple of people before a load as usual on the top of Scafell Pike!

Didn't feel super confident in my legs, a little unsteady. Potentially due to new shoes, wet conditions, wind and tired legs. New shoes were alright though. More cushioning than X-Talons and grip was fine. Slight bruising and tightness on top of the right foot. Left foot inner big toe pad also sore on road.

Navigating with map and compass or by memory! Definitely feel like I know a lot of it now. Better line from Pike O Stickle to Rossett Pike and up to Bowfell. Almost missed the grassy spur up Bowfell. Unsure of some of the best lines over the rocky tops. Hard to find the good lines when visibility is so far. Hopefully my pacers will know them! Good to do Lords Rake and West Wall traverse again and first time descending Scafell. Didn't enjoy the top section on a rough stoney path, but did enjoy the scree descent. Didn't enjoy the little stones in my shoes after the scree though! Felt a bit tentative in descending.

Glad I had booked the B&B in Wasdale to mean I had to do a decent day today to get here. Also having Niel following behind made me think I had to do the full route! Fun to meet up. Definitely some good MM practice as well carrying kit and then having to go again the next day.

500ml water, 500ml Tailwind, 2 electrolyte tablets, half pizza, 18 Tangfastics, 100g of marzipan, 1 tunnocks bar, 2 honey white rolls

Definitely noticing that I didn't go for the food that wasn't accessible. All food really could do with being accessible on the move. Not relevant for the BG but for other long runs!

Tuesday May 21 #

7 PM

Running intervals 52:01 [4] 10.11 km (5:09 / km)
shoes: Mizuno Wave Inspire 18 2023 Ye

Track: 3x (800m 200m float 200m fast) off 2 mins + WU/WD
No elevation gain needed early this week! Legs pretty tired and not sure if a 'recovery' session helped

Monday May 20 #


Sports massage with Jacob Pickering
8 PM

Yoga/Stretching/S&C 45:00 [1]

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