Avalanche Endurance Events : Winter Fan Dance 2015 training : Week 3

Week 3 and I need to keep things going through another very busy working week before we go away for Christmas.

This week’s blog is brought to you in memory of Donald Campbell and Bluebird, because we were spending Christmas near Coniston Water.

Donald Campbell in the cockpit of Bluebird

Donald Campbell in the cockpit of Bluebird

Monday 15 December 2014

I was in Northampton for a series of meetings but with no time to go for a run up there, so I went out when I got back home in the evening.  I should have gone out as soon as I got home, but I delayed and in the end got out after 2130.  It was not too cold, and I did manage to post another PR on the Holywell Hill climb segment of Strava, although it must be pointed out that this is a ‘climb’ which crosses Holywell Hill (at the pedestrian crossing which is by the leisure centre) rather than one which actually goes up Holywell Hill.  I also got a second fastest time on the Prospect Road segment.

  1. Run (St Albans) – 3.0 miles – 27 minutes 26 seconds

Tuesday 16 December 2014

I had a meeting in Edinburgh in the day and then another meeting in Milton Keynes in the evening, so I decided that I had to go for my run very early in the morning to ensure I got it in.  I did not want to fail Marcothon half way through the month.  I chose to repeat a run which kept me close to the house so that as soon as I hit 3 miles I could get back home and off to the airport.  I was tired and did think twice about going out, but once I was out there at 0540 it was fine, if a little cold.  I managed a PR on the Lancaster To Boundary segment on Strava, and a second fastest time on the Sandridge Road climb segment.

  1. Run (St Albans) – 3.2 miles – 30 minutes 11 seconds

Wednesday 17 December 2014

I had stayed overnight in Little Horwood, a village near to Milton Keynes, and decided to go for my run in the morning, if only to get a different location on to Strava.  It was very dark when I woke up and even though I delayed going out for a while it was still very dark when I did set off after 0700, which made things a little risky out on the country roads.  I got back to the hotel for a breakfast of porridge and strawberry jam.

  1. Run (Little Horwood) – 3.2 miles – 30 minutes 15 seconds

Thursday 18 December 2014

I was tired when I got home and I ate too close to setting off for my run, so it felt heavy and laboured from the beginning, and I also seemed to meet traffic at every road junction I arrived it, which meant it came as no surprise when this run came in as a slow one.  I did still manage a third fastest time on the Lancaster To Boundary segment on Strava.  This was my third time running it.

  1. Run (St Albans) – 3.2 miles – 32 minutes 09 seconds

Friday 19 December 2014

We were travelling up to Derby today and I did not have time for an early morning run to get it done, so I waited until the evening.  I seem to have picked up something which is causing some pain over my left ribs, but I just have to push on through that.  I set off running a route I used to do when I first got into running two years ago, and not only did it feel so much easier, but it also felt so much shorter, which presented me with a problem because I needed to do at least 3 miles !  The wind was blowing a gale out there but it was not too cold and I ran round the local streets until I got past my 3 mile distance, which took me over 120km for December so far.

  1. Run (Derby) – 3.1 miles – 29 minutes 00 seconds

Saturday 20 December 2014

We travelled from Derby up to the Lake District, and that was going to open up a whole different world of training opportunities for the next week.  I started things off with a run from the place we were staying in, first of all going round the field next to the house, which was much easier said than done because the ground underfoot was swampy at best, and from there I set off down the road away from the house and kept on until I got to Spark Bridge, very much aware of how far downhill I had come and what would, therefore, face me on the way back.  I had left late in the afternoon and now it was dark so I was being very careful on the roads, stopping at one point when a bus was coming towards me and I could hear a car coming up behind me, until I got back to the steep road which would lead me back to where we were staying and I managed to run past that driveway, carrying on up the slope quite some way before I knew something must have gone wrong.  It was not as if I needed any more elevation added in as I was doing 699ft anyway.  I came back down, found the driveway, and my intended 3 mile run had ended up being 4.8 miles in the rain.

  1. Run (Spark Bridge) – 4.8 miles – 59 minutes 40 seconds

Sunday 21 December 2014

In the morning we braved the rain and drove over to Coniston to climb The Old Man Of Coniston, which you can read about here.

803 metres

803 metres

I doubted that the hike would count towards Marcothon 2014 so I went for a run in the evening as well, just to make sure.  I did not want to drop out of Marcothon with only 10 days left to go.

  1. Hike (The Old Man Of Coniston) – 6.4 miles – 3 hours 53 minutes 45 seconds (35lbs + 2L)
  2. Run (Spark Bridge) 3 miles – 33 minutes 36 seconds

Positives from this week – I climbed a mountain again.

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