Saturday, 30 October 2010

Richmond hill run

I have been meaning to run from the lowest point in Richmond to the highest point for some time to see how far it is and what elevation would be gained.
As it was a nice morning (sunny but cool) I decided today was going to be the day so after a few warm up exercises I ran a short warm up run down to the river Swale and from the caravan park it was strait into the first short climb out of the river car park to Reeth Rd. another short run to Green Lane, then into one of the longest climbs of the run along Green Lane. This turned out to be easier than I was expecting and I managed to go all the way at a gentle pace. Once at the top it was a short tarmac run along Westfields before once again hitting the trail and heading upwards again to Hurgill Rd. after another short run I then turned onto Aislabeck Plantation which is now an eco friendly holiday park. The hill here was the steepest on the run but not as long as Green Lane and I managed again to get to the top without walking. A short run along. After another short run along Hurgill Rd it was then onto the old race course and the highest point was just above the grandstand.

So from the lowest point at 374ft above sea level to the highest point at 883ft above sea level the distance was 1.73 miles from bottom to top. So after another 1.43miles downhill run back to the start it was all over and glad that I managed to run the whole uphill section without a walking break.
I must admit it was a struggle at times but I am now getting used to struggling and that is more win in the bag for "Kev against the hills".

Monday, 25 October 2010

2.35 mile short recovery run

Been aching for a couple of days after Fridays long run but feeling a lot better today so tried a short run to see how it would go. 
Mainly field work with a bit of tarmac and found the last climb up Mill Bank a lot easier than before so hill work still getting better. 
Tried out an old pair of Inov8 Mudroc 290s that I bought last year and had almost forgotten about and found that they seamed easier to run in than the Adidas Kanadia 2s that I normally go trail running in. I think they also encourage a mid-sole strike rather than heel strike so may take some stress off my joints and help to prevent knee problems. (Time will tell.)

Friday, 22 October 2010

28.68 mile road run

Planned a 28 mile run yesterday and set out this morning to see if I could see it through.
The first half was good but when I got to Croft things started to slow down and I had to take on a run/walk strategy but as the run went on it became more of a walk/run effort.
It was planned with plenty of escape routes so that I could come home early if things got bad but these weren't needed. Things started getting tough after Stapleton and this is when the climbing started so more and more walking needed to be done.
Up through Middleton Tyas and onto Scotch Corner where there was a friend of mine waiting for me to see if I wanted a lift. 24 miles gone and there was no way that I was going to get a lift now so it was a matter of thanks but no thanks.
By now the wind was getting up and my hands haven't been that cold for a long time but by the time I got back to Richmond my body core temperature was starting to drop and I couldn't wait to get back home to get into a hot bath. First of all, I had to get up stairs which was a struggle as by now I was aching from toe to waist. Now I am sitting here moving from time to time just to get into a more comfortable position and it looks like a few days off now to recover.

All in all, a great day as I now know I can push on when the going gets tough but I must admit I was feeling rather low by the time I got home and a few lessons have been learned.
Maybe I should not have gone off too fast at the start and maybe I should have eaten more on route but after some time on my feet I find that I loose my appetite and then things start going downhill.
In the future I think I will go back to shorter distances of say 15 miles and then start extending them
every month or so.

The details of Today’s run are as follows;

28.68 mi
Elevation Gain:
1,694 ft
3,669 C

Moving Time:
Elapsed Time:

Avg Pace:
13:11 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:
12:58 min/mi
Best Pace:
07:53 min/mi

Checking the time at the 26.2 mile marathon distance it was 5hrs 29min.
Not a fast time by all means but as this was the first time I have gone this distance, it gives me something to work on in the future.

A map of the route can be found on my daily mile page here;

Monday, 18 October 2010

9.88 mile Trail/Road run

This run set off as a short couple of miles to shake off the aching legs from yesterdays hard 10k race.
Well after I got to the top of Westfields I thought I would just run to Whitcliffe Wood and when I got there I thought I would just go a bit further to Applegarth and when I got there I thought I would just run to Marske. (Can you see a script for a film here). Oh sorry, that's already been done.
Anyway, when I got to Marske I thought I'd better go home so the whole run turned into nearly 10 miles. A good start for the beginning of the week and maybe I can fit a longer run in on Friday as that is my day off work.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Richmond Castle 10k

Great race considering I was partying until 2:00 am and had far too much to drink before a race.
(Hydration strategy, what's that?)
Just glad I'd been training around that route and knew exactly what the hills were like. That second Sandbeck climb was a killer but I wouldn't let it beat me and managed to get to the top without walking. I put that down to other competitors being around and having some company to talk to and taking my mind off the hard work. There was plenty of support from the spectators on the approach to Richmond Castle and that kept me going on the final climb into Richmond town centre.

My goal was to do it in an hour and My watch said 59min 59sec but the official result from UK results was 01:00:02. (Can't get much closer than that).

I was 374th out of 452 finishers, 279th out of 305 male runners and 18th out of 20 in the M55 category.

This is my local run so must make a point of doing it again next year!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Barefoot running

I'm back. After a couple of injuries, work commitments and a trip to London last weekend, I am now back into full swing with an 11.75 mile run today.
This was a road run with a difference as 2 miles were run barefoot across the moor road between Downholme and Hudswell. Why I can hear you say? It all started after reading a book called Born to Run about the Tarahumara Indians who live in the Copper Canyons in Mexico. I decided I had to try it just once and thought that I would run at least 200 yards before giving up if I didn't like it. Well, 2 miles later it was time to put me shoes back on before coming back into civilisation at Hudswell. (Just imagine peoples faces when they see someone running down the street with his trainers on his hands. “White coats and padded cells come to mind”). All I can say is was weird but exciting at the same time and I might do it again sometime but with the onset of a North England winter just around the corner it may not happen again until next year.
Anyway, lets get back to the run itself which was done in a time of 1hr: 48min with an average moving pace of 9.55 mi/mile with an elavation gain of 1,252ft. Total calories burned were: 1,520.
All in all, a great run and nice to be back.