Monday - Rest
Tuesday – 2 miles and 70m of ascent – more about this later!
Wednesday – 10 miles, 400m Cockfield Fell
Thursday – 23 miles, 1300m, Hardians Wall, 4 miles, 100m DFROT
Friday - Rest
Saturday – 6 miles, 500m, Simonside Hills
Sunday – Turkey
Total of 45 miles and 2370m of ascent.
Not a bad week, considering Christmas got in the way of doing training on Sunday.
Tuesday was a farce, I wanted something to inspire me to do a long run in a new area, so took a look at a section of Stu Fergusons, Durham Hewitts Round. http://www.gofar.org.uk/DurhamHewitts.html
There being too much snow in the Lake District for proper running I thought I would run the section from Killhope Cross to Three Pikes and back to give a 20 mile run out. After an hours drive I got out of the car and immediately realised it was going to be tough. Every step I would alternate between running on top of the snow, falling through the crust of the snow or falling through the crust of a frozen bog. Torture. Gave up after a mile, crawled back and drove home feeling throughly beaten up.
Wednesday, 2 hours of steady hill reps on Cockfield Fell, felt strong.
Looking for more inspiration on Thursday I drove to run a section of Hadrians wall and spent 11.5 miles running through mostly flooded farm fields into a brutal headwind, even the downhill was tough going. The run back was 12 minutes quicker than the way out.
Saturday steady run on Simonside Hills, with a couple of hill reps thrown in, good to go out with Fiona, might have been more use to do something longer, but the stuffing won't make itself!
|Typical going on Hadrians Wall Path, Stiles, farmland and bogs.|