Week 4 and staying in the Lake District opened up some training possibilities.
This week’s blog is brought to you by Arthur Ransome, because I was in Swallows & Amazons territory.
Now here’s a fascinating chap…
Monday 22 December 2014
I went for a tabbing session in the Lake District, which you can read about here.
- Tabbing (Blawith Common) – 4.9 miles – 1 hour 59 minutes 58 seconds (35lbs + 2L)
Tuesday 23 December 2014
I followed the same running route as last week for an early evening run, coming away from where we were staying and going uphill for around 1.6 miles before turning around and coming back, and this time I went at a faster pace than my previous run on this course. It was dry and not too cold.
- Run (Lake District) – 3.1 miles – 33 minutes 56 seconds
Wednesday 24 December 2014
We went for a hike to the top of Holme Fell, which you can read about here.
Even though we had been to the top of a mountain, I still had to do my run for Marcothon 2014, and stuck with the same route as the day before, again going out in the evening and again posting a faster pace.
- Hike (Holme Fell) – 3.2 miles – 2 hours 33 minutes 21 seconds (35lbs + 2L)
- Run (Lake District) – 3.1 miles – 32 minutes 44 seconds
Thursday 25 December 2014
It was Christmas Day and I decided to get my run done in the morning so that I was free to enjoy the rest of the day. I followed the same route again, and posted a faster pace again. It was not too cold outside, and it was a lovely Christmas morning.
- Run (Lake District) – 3.1 miles – 31 minutes 16 seconds
Friday 26 December 2014
We had saved our Christmas hike for Boxing Day and walked through the increasingly heavy rain to the top of Black Crag (which is also known as Black Fell, but I think Black Crag sounds better), and you can read about that here.
Black Crag summit trig point
Once again, I still had to do my run for Marcothon 2014, and stuck with the same route I had been doing this week. This time it was different because it was very wet underfoot and towards the top of the hill there was a deep puddle across the road. I did not see the puddle until too late on my way out, so ended up running through it, and on my way back I did not see any point in doing anything differently, so just ran through it again. My pace was just slower than the day before, which I partly put down to the change in the ground conditions and partly to this run being in the dark.
- Hike (Black Crag) – 4.9 miles – 2 hours 51 minutes 30 seconds (35lbs + 2L)
- Run (Lake District) – 3.1 miles – 31 minutes 26 seconds
Saturday 27 December 2014
It took us over 6 hours to drive from the Lake District to down near Derby, and when we got there we found snow on the ground. If it had not been for Marcothon 2014 I would not have gone out for a run, but as it was I found myself out there in the frozen, snowy and icy conditions, running round the local roads. The run itself felt pretty easy and my Merrell All Out Rush coped very well with the conditions, and I definitely got the impression that my hill runs in the Lake District will have done me a lot of good.
- Run (Derby) – 3.6 miles – 36 minutes 36 seconds
Sunday 28 December 2014
I went out for an afternoon run with Debbie, and as she wanted to do 3 miles, which matched my Marcothon 2014 requirement, I was happy.
- Run (Derby) 3 miles – 34 minutes 47 seconds
Positives from this week – I climbed more mountains, put in a tabbing session, and kept going with Marcothon 2014.