As a new runner at the grand old age of 57, I have decided to start this blog to record my running to date and to show that life does not have to slow down just because other people are expecting you to. Nothing annoys me more than someone saying, don't you think you are too old to start running? or don't you think you should be slowing down and taking it easy?
This photo shows me at the start of the Paras 10 mile race wearing a 40lb bergen. (No 410).
Starting to pick up the miles again (18.72). I find Friday the easiest day to get the long runs in at the moment as my wife does her shopping in the morning and goes to work in the afternoon, whereas I often get distracted on a weekend.
It's been quite a good week mileage wise as I have been getting a lift into work at 5.30 in a morning then running home after work and getting in about 6 ¾ miles per run over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and then had Thursday as a rest day before today's long run.
Today's run didn't quite go to plan as I had planned a more circular route but as I got along most of the old railway line towards Brompton on Swale, I found one of the gates hat a footpath closed sign on it (must look into whether that path is legally closed or the farmer has taken it upon himself to close it), so having to double back on myself I decided to do the route in reverse and then pick up the section I have been following home from work earlier in the week.
All went to plan after that and following the road through Catterick Garrison to Scotton and from Scotton ther are a couple of nice hills before turning left and following an easy down hill section along the country roads through Tunstall to Catterick Village. I didn't realise there was so much traffic using that road these days and at times I thought it would have been safer to run along the centre reservation of the A1 dual carriageway.
Anyway, after leaving Catterick Village it was a nice easy flat run to Catterick racecourse before following the route that I have been using this week to get home from work.
My toes were feeling a bit hot towards the end and I found I had a small blister on one of them when I got home.
During the run I noticed three geese flying overhead and then later on there was a full flock flying in a V formation so hopefully they are on there way back from warmer countries and spring may be just around the corner. (Shouldn't have said that as snow is forecast for tomorrow around these parts).
Here are the main details of the run.
Avg Moving Pace:
You'll see that the total elapsed time was 03:40:15 but the actual moving time was 03:26:22. That is due to short breaks to get food/fluid out of my bum bag as I am now trying to got into the habit of eating and drinking more often so as not to burn out later on.
Still not fast but I am looking for miles rather than a fast pace so call me a plodder if you want but I want to be a constant runner, rather than a fast one.
In the end, I'm going to Grimsthorpe to beat the course, not the other runners.
Just to round the day off nicely, I got on the scales as soon as I got home and have finally started to shed the weight I have put on over the winter months. “Hooray”.
To see the route and more data, follow the link to my Garmin page.
Dropped the car off at the garage this morning to get new brake pads fitted so thought I'd put a fairly long run in while waiting to get the car back. After leaving the garage I jogged the one mile downhill route back home as a warm up before the run.
Right, now the run!
The first section through Westfields was really wet and horrible as there are springs running out of the ground all over the place. Wet and boggy seemed to be the flavour of the day and got home with wet feet and the clothes I was wearing went strait in the washer.
After Westfields, it was a muddy run through Whitcliffe Wood before entering Applegarth and followed a nice easy trail through the fields to Clapgate Bank.
Because of the slow progress up until now, I decided this run was going to be a slow but longer than usual run so tried to keep the pace around 5mph and walked most of the uphill sections, so hitting the road at Clapgate Bank it was a 1 ½ mile climb to the top of the hill before turning into beacon plantation and back onto the trail.
Now it got even more muddier and I had to keep jumping from one side of the trail and then back again. Then down the middle and back to the side. Boy, I thought that was tough until I got out of the plantation, hit the fields where I thought it would be easier, but no, the field trails were even worse with it being low ground and all the water form the hills had gathered on the flat tracks and turned everything into a quagmire for the next 1 or so.
The only consolation I got was that the section from the start of the plantation to Gilling west was that it was a 4 mile downhill before rising up again to Richmond on a tarmac road.
Reaching the outskirts of Richmond I could have followed the road back home and called it a day but I decided to drop down through Cross Lanes to Darlington Rd, then dropping down another trail
towards Easby and then followed the river Swale back to Richmond. (More mud). Through the town and then back home for a long soak in the bath.
To see the route and more detail. Visit my Garmin page.