There’s always the sun

A quick 7 miler to Witches and back racing tide and darkness.  And around the 3 mile mark it suddenly went gloomy as hell and then the mizzly rain turned to full on hailstones

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So its light over there … but here it’s just dark and hailing

Within another mile though I literally hit the edge of the storm like a wall which I had been heading into and through and now going my way! I stayed on the edge all the way back.

So even when things seem pretty dark and shitty there’s always the sun … You just have to keep going til you find it.

 

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Edge of the storm

Mixing it up

Running with someone else has given me a bit of a jolt in that since …. I’m not actually sure when …. I’ve been running in a bit of a comfort zone. It’s been a case of mileage being king, more miles the better and thats it. Time on feet is important but I’ve realised I’ve been doing most of my training in a relatively easy zone, how often am I really training “hard” I’ve slipped into the habit of slow hills and nice easy runs.  If I was recovering thats fine but all the time?

So a little speedwork here and there, some of the old fartlek type things have come into play plus hill sprints.  Speedwork I quite like, hill sprints I do not. But I think all these things easy, fast and fuck hills need to come together if I want to make the improvements to run well for the rest of the year.  Oh and listening to my body (before it breaks down not after)

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Monsoon

Decided to get out for a run last Sunday despite the torrential rain. I wanted a long run but wasn’t going to happen in these conditions.  To be fair the seven miles I did were made harder by slogging through fields turned into streams. More resistance training. I look back and laugh now but at the time up to my calves in freezing cold water I certainly wasn’t laughing then

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The first inkling I might get wetter than usual
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Definitely been raining
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Errr ok so this is one Ive never seen before here
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Starfish are like buses – You don’t see one forever and then 2 come along in a week 
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Of course the regular waterfall was showing off 
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Fields of joy!

 

Whats 2 minutes a mile between friends?

I’ve never actually run with someone else apart from racing and that’s been what half a dozen times.  But if someone wants to get fit by running through mist, rain and mud who am I to argue.  And you know what I didn’t mind it.  It was sort of a run/walk (uphills) but the odd thing is that she appears to have 2 paces – walk and flat out. And by flat out I mean 7 min/mile pace and less which was quite the shock to my usual 8 or 9 min paced legs.

It was essentially fartleks determined by the terrain.  To be honest I needed to change a few things anyway as with the hill sprints in the week I don’t think just slamming in high mileages week after week is probably the most effective way to train so some hill & speedwork isn’t going to hurt (until I deck it somewhere)

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One of “those” days

 

Hill sprints til dark

The weather improved (not for long admittedly) but the tide was still in so I spent half an hour or so running hill sprints in the cwm. I was pleasantly surprised at not going anerobic immediately. Best thing about these particular sprints is the view/reward at the top

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Crosstraining

I think its crosstraining – well pushing a mountainbike up a hilly forest all day and then enjoying flying down is kind of crosstraining.  Went with a friend last sunday to have a go at some MTB. We ended up in a forest full of trails which as it turned out weren’t really designed for beginners.  We bumped into a young kid there who was happy to show us the best trails and we spent happy hours falling off bikes and getting muddy.

The only footage surviving of this rare event is archived below. The bank we went over looked a whole lot steeper when youre on top of it. Watch the way he glides over it in control and compare with my loss and regain of control and nearly smacking into a tree.

Oh and I broke mt front brake at some point but apparently thats ok cos you never use front brakes anyway ….

I’m not sure which is safer to be honest, coastal trailrunning or MTB