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Training Log Archive: Mark3

In the 7 days ending Apr 24:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - Offroad4 8:37:54 34.42(15:03) 55.39(9:21) 4104
  Running - Road/Track1 2:53:26 26.35(6:35) 42.4(4:05)
  Orienteering - Forest1 43:53 3.19(13:46) 5.13(8:34) 308
  Total6 12:15:13 63.95(11:30) 102.92(7:09) 4412

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Sunday Apr 24 #

8 AM

Running - Offroad (Joss Recce with Matt) 4:08:33 [3] 17.02 km (14:36 / km) +1423m 10:18 / km
ahr:108 max:150 shoes: Roclite G275

From Honister up to Green Gable. Took a chance on direct down the spur to Styhead tarn and there is a morehorhless grassy line quite far to runners' right - although we were pretty lucky as the rest of the slope is mainly rocks.
Path to Great End, then came down my Joss line showing Matt in case I'm not there by that point in a couple of weeks.
I don't think he liked my line.
I still want to try going direct to the corridor route but we couldn't bring ourselves to go back up again - it was super windy and we were both a bit wrecked from the race yday. What we did do is follow the spur all the way down to the end rather than going E to the path - that was fine with just a few rocky steps to negotiate.

Took rightmost line down Great Gable - note to self, only head right after the massive rocks on either side of the main trod otherwise it turns into a cliff and you just end up back on the path anyway but with more danger.
Moses back to Honister as we couldn't face the planned Kirkfell either! Good day out if briefer than I'd hoped for.

Legs okay but just generally body-tired. The compeed and vet wrap on the blister made it painful but bearable.

Saturday Apr 23 #

10 AM

Running - Offroad race (Teenager with Altitude) 3:22:41 [5] 26.83 km (7:33 / km) +2117m 5:25 / km
ahr:143 max:176 shoes: Mudclaw 275 (red)


So this went well. Feeling like a proper fell runner.

Run-walk up Causey, trying to maintain position but not go too fast. Took the descent to Outerside steady, wary of the rest of the race, and was a bit down on that split, 25th but still 20th overall.
The next leg confused me since I thought we'd be going via Sail and Crag Hill, I didn't realise it was contouring. Slightly further but it does save quite a lot of ascent; also someone afterwards said the Sail choice wasn't allowed, but I didn't see that info anywhere. I'm sure the way we went was optimal. I stayed high for as long as possible before Eel Crag, some dropped down before, but I think my choice was fine. 28th on this split and down to 24th overall - I think I lost the places on the initial (steady again) descent of Outerside but surprised the split position is so poor.

Even worse to Whiteless - 30th - but I do seem to be particularly wind-affected and it was 50mph straight in your face after doing the 180 at Grasmoor. I had a ls on and I'd put gloves on going up; I think it was 10 degrees or something but -5 with wind chill. On Whiteless ridge, which is one of my favourites, the wind was threatening to blow me off the edge which made it slightly less fun. Again, taking descents steady.

25th to Newlands and remaining 23rd - did the steep down much better than on Buttermere; passed by about 5 still but overtook them all again going back up the other side. Had a Clif bar up here. Route all fairly obvious. About 10 degrees warmer down by the stream.

There was water at Newlands but I'd taken 750ml and so I didn't take any. Doing this race again, a litre would be better, I ran out by High Spy.

23rd on High Snockrigg climb - not been up here before, it was very windy again. Passed by a group of 5 who I got all back again apart from 1 on the Robinson climb, I think. 21st on that. Knew I could cut right off the path to the summit but wasn't sure where,luckily that guy did and so saved a bit of time.

16th on Robinson to Hindscarth, I don't think I sped up here or took an amazing line (I was further away than the mandated 1m from the BG trod to prevent erosion) so I think others were maybe just tiring. 23rd on Dale Head though so maybe not. 23rd overall still at control 9 of 11.

Then Dale Head to High Spy - 11th! I did take the very wide line down to the SE which no-one else was doing - it's a great way to avoid all of the rocks but I thought it was slower since the guy who o was with at DH was maybe 30s ahead by the tarn. Regardless I passed him on the actual climb to High Spy so it could be that it just saves the legs a bit.

some flyby analysis on the route down from DH to the tarn of 6 people reveals it's not clear cut. 2nd overall went S as did 12th and me in 16th, but 11th went north as did 17th. I was 20s slower than 11th on a different route and 20s slower than 12th on the same route; so I think reasonable conclusion is that it doesn't matter very much.

10th from High Spy to Catbells, despite taking the 'long cut immediately after High Spy, because the two ahead of me were doing it. I just followed them, but I don't believe it's faster and I won't do it next time! It avoids a few metres of climb bit is way further.
There is a nice corner cut I didn't know about just at Maiden Moor summit though, which I didn't know about, which continues along a grassy line for ages. So that was really useful. 18th overall at Catbells.

11th to the finish, 16th overall. Ive gone down Catbells so many times I have a great line down from the top, and then I still had sufficient energy left at the end for another two places. Very pleased with the result - only a few mins slower than Simon H's time in 2018, and quicker than Robbie's in 2019. Could've gone a few minutes faster without the wind too I reckon :) onwards and upwards...

The downside is I have the biggest blister I've ever experienced covering literally my entire heel. So will be interesting to see if that heals by Saturday!

Friday Apr 22 #

(rest day)

Really windy. Went for a short walk with Em at lunch, then spent the evening largely prepping the weekend.

Thursday Apr 21 #

6 PM

Orienteering - Forest race (Tegg's Nose) 43:53 [4] 5.13 km (8:34 / km) +308m 6:35 / km
ahr:142 max:172 shoes: Xtalon 212 (navy/orange)

Pretty terrible performance, mix of my fault and not my fault..

#5: went to #8 first (followed the wrong line) adding an additional climb through grot. Entirely my fault and cost about 3 mins and the victory

#7: control in the wrong place by several hundred metres, how this wasn't noticed by the person who put it out is beyond me

#17: control in wrong place; this time maybe only by 10m but the wrong side of a mapped path and so basically impossible from the obvious attack point

Somehow came third, think this is because I'm still running well even despite the nonsense. Won most legs. Didn't really enjoy it. Even without the misplaced controls, map is still suspect in a lot of areas (some rough open lovely, some impassable; veg mapping generally poor; some distinct trees ignored and others mapped, etc). Thigh deep bog did not help my mood (although in fairness that is mapped).

Looking forward to more running and no more o until an urban in about a month.

Wednesday Apr 20 #

7 PM

Running - Offroad race (Herod Farm) 26:26 [5] 5.01 km (5:17 / km) +326m 3:59 / km
ahr:143 max:169 shoes: Adidas Speed Pro SG (10.5)

12th I think. Massively excited with the 1min 24sec PB despite the marathon on Monday - shows proper progress. Dry conditions similar to last two times. They were seriously threatening a kit requirement (for no reason) so worth bringing kit to this race in future just in case.

Allen won despite his 2:49 marathon on Monday so maybe it just helps. I think the lack of hills in the week leading up to it mightve been a factor for both of us.

Didn't even get first team despite Allen's result and Simon coming 6th. Chris 4th counter in 17th but we think Pennine had 4 in the top 11.

Racewise, road climb at the start I stayed with the front group but they left me at the start of the grass and I was passed by quite a few. Once on the flat though maintained position, far less queue-affected than in previous years on the single track start of the downhill (just one guy in my way where he was adequately fast I was just too close to him to be able to see the ground properly). Overtook him once it widened out. Ran all of the second climb up to the steep bit like last time, then walked the steep bit. No real choice. Smashed the downhill as I could hear someone behind, closing on the group of 3 ahead but not quite fast enough.

Great MaccH turnout and a fun race.

Tuesday Apr 19 #

12 PM

Running - Offroad (Kerridge recovery) 40:14 [3] 6.53 km (6:10 / km) +238m 5:13 / km
ahr:148 max:165 shoes: Peregrine 11 ST

Amble round Kerridge. Legs feeling ok until the second climb where I could feel them looking at me mutinously.

Monday Apr 18 #

8 AM

Running - Road/Track (Boston Marathon ) 2:53:26 [3] 42.4 km (4:05 / km)
ahr:149 max:183 shoes: Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

The Lincolnshire one.
Negative splits :) chip time 2:53:22
Smashed it, very pleased. Maybe could have gone a bit faster, somewhere in between 2:50 and 2:53, but not overly bothered - met the sub 3 goal comfortably. Despite a 15s wee stop.

Conditions good - warm but with a breeze; the breeze slowed it down and made some sections hard work, but defo would've overheated without it. Poured water onto my head at most of the water stations, which worked really well. Visor was a great choice to stop this water going in my eyes.

Bloks at 60,90,120,150 mins; 3 each time, worked well; arm holders worked well too although it's a pain to get wrappers back in and should've just carried them to the bins.

Obvs the fells is pretty good training for the roads. Shame to miss a week of 'proper' running but it was genuinely only a week so it feels worth it to put this to bed. Will probably enter London with this good for age time, just for the experience of doing London, and then that's it for marathons.

Psychologically defo helped to run ultras as 3 hours doesn't feel that long!

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