Friday, 18 March 2011

Grinton moor trail run

Managed to get back out onto the local moors today for a lovely 10 miler. Clear blue sky and wall to wall sunshine made for a great day even though it was a little cold on the open ground where the wind was blowing slightly.
This route was my old training ground last year for Paras 10 but there was no boots or bergan to be seen today but I did start the day with a 2.32 mile run in my new Leadville huarache sandals. I started strong and managed to keep a good pace with them but as this was the first time out with them I didn't want to get carried away as I was aware of using different muscles so I started the run with the full intention of changing into trainers after a couple of miles. I must admit, I didn't want to take them off as they proved really comfortable over the rocky terrain but I knew that I would pay for it for the rest of the weekend if I carried on. I will be getting out in them more often and extending the milage to build up the strength in those up to now, unused muscles. The Leadvilles are the thickest of the Luna range of huraraches (10mm sole) and are well suited to the conditions that they will be up against in the Yorkshire Dales.

The rest of the run went well with plenty of hills to keep me busy (Elevation gain of 1,345 ft and elevation loss of 1, 336 ft).
It was such a nice day that I kept stopping at regular intervals to take photographes so my actual moving time was 01:51:36.

Lookin at the splits, the first two miles were, [mile 1; 9 min mile. Mile 2; 9.18 min mile with the last section beeing uphill to a pile of rocks where I could change to trainers]
Not bad for a first attempt at running the trails in huaraches but I must admit that the trail was relitively flat up to the point where I changed my footware.

Overall
Time:
01:53:55
Distance:
9.96 mi
Elevation Gain:
1,345 ft
Calories:
1,327 C

Timing
Time:
01:53:55
Moving Time:
01:51:36
Elapsed Time:
02:14:13
Avg Pace:
11:26 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:
11:12 min/mi
Best Pace:
06:44 min/mi

Elevation
Elevation Gain:
1,345 ft
Elevation Loss:
1,336 ft
Min Elevation:
1,193 ft
Max Elevation:
1,831 ft

Heart Rate
Avg HR:
147 bpm
Max HR:
182 bpm


Follow this link to see the route on my Garmin page 



 Huaraches
 Many bridges like this were used by drovers & in years gone by
Follow that trail

Sorry for the quality of the images as they were taken on a mobile phone.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Westfields Hill Session

Short hill session in Westfields this morning before the run to work this afternoon.
Don't know why I haven't done this before as Westfields is only a 20 second run from my back door so I'm thinking of doing this more often when time is short.
A steady warm up jog along the bottom of the field before running bottom to top four times with short rests after each descent. This part of the field is the easiest so maybe I will work on that area for a while and then move on to the a harder parts as I progress.
After the four ascents/descents I then had a gentle recovery jog along the bottom of the field back to the gate and home.
All in all, not bad for ½ hours work. (Better than nothing)
Now to get some dinner and prepare for the main run to work later today.
Overall
Time:00:27:23
Distance:2.53 mi
Elevation Gain:505 ft
Calories:314 C
Timing
Time:00:27:23
Moving Time:00:26:08
Elapsed Time:00:41:44
Avg Pace:10:50 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:10:20 min/mi
Best Pace:04:54 min/mi

Elevation
Elevation Gain:505 ft
Elevation Loss:506 ft
Min Elevation:434 ft
Max Elevation:682 ft

Friday, 4 March 2011

Short hard hill session

Friday is supposed to be my long run day but I was short of time again due to hospital visiting times, so decided to do a short hard session.
After leaving home the route took me down Mill Bank, through the caravan park and over the river Swale before turning right and heading up river to the water works.
That was the easy bit, now to get up Hudswell steps. (All 338 of them). Well I think that's how many there was. It's hard to count that many when you are concentrating on getting to the top. These steps aren't all the same hight and some are even a couple of strides long so there is no way of getting into a routine when trying to run up them. After running about 50 of them it was time to walk, so with hands on knees up I went. There is a rail on one side for assistance but in my book that would be classed as cheating so the rail was out of the question. After reaching the top it was back down to the bottom and do it all over again.
Now time to make my way home via the woodland trail along the top of the wood which was rather muddy and precarious at times as there is a severe drop back down to the river below. Clearing the top footpath it was now a fast but slippery downhill run back to the river bridge, back through the caravan park and up Mill Bank before the short run back to the house.

MILL BANK; I can remember that only just over a year ago I was knackered by the time got from the house to the bottom and then would have to walk a little through the caravan park just to get my breath back. Now after running 3 miles and climbing 676 steps I can run up the bank with very little effort. 

“Oh how things have changed in just over one year”!

To see the full run and a map of the area, go to my Garmin page.




Overall

Time:

00:43:14
Distance:
3.05miles 
Elevation Gain:
703 ft
Calories:
392 C


Timing
Time:
00:43:14
Moving Time:
00:38:37
Elapsed Time:
00:49:37
Avg Pace:
14:10 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:
12:39 min/mi
Best Pace:
06:51 min/mi


Elevation
Elevation Gain:
703 ft
Elevation Loss:
725 ft
Min Elevation:
333 ft
Max Elevation:
679 ft



 The first flight of steps. Only another 328 to go. "No, I didn't use the rail"
 Narrow boggy path at the top of the woodland area. You can see the steepness of the ground falling off to the right as it makes it's way down towards the river.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

7 mile run from work to home

Nice run home to shake off the stresses of a 10 hour shift in the factory.
Great to be running again after a week off. Sun shining in a clear blue sky but the air was still cold.


Go to my Garmin page to see the run in full. I've just worked out how to set automatic laps on my Garmin 305. The run is now broken down into 1 mile splits.