Enjoyed your account TRex. Makes my foray up our local hill in snow seem like kindergarten! More mundane trip with JS group this evening ...
I had to run around a puddle last night - that was my adventure T Rex
Currently coming back from achilles tendinopathy, so doing a lot of cycling - only up to a 5 mile run at the moment.
And now for my estiamted time: 4.30 - I did SNOD 2 years ago in 4:27, so staying hopeful
5 miles last night, little bit of slushy ice around the estate but main pavements clear...
Trex... You need to join Antarctic Survey...
TRex, you chose a great day for your comeback!!
Just some xtraining for me today, a mega deadlifting session (pb of more than my body wt), lunges, core work! feeling good!!!
Don't like to leave a job undone, so set out again today up there.
This timethe top lane was cleared, the last track had some vehicle tracks and going up onto the hillside there was quite a selection of footprints, including two people ahead of me! They turned round quite quickly as they were floundering in very deep snow where the path was. It was better a little higher up going over the tops of the rushes and heather.
There was a set of tracks leading on, including a dog (intrepid!) They similarly turned round. I saw my prints from the previous day - going up hopelessly too high and contouring the hill much higher up. At the proper slightly lower level there was just one single person's tracks ahead. Eventually, they too turned round, and I was on my own. There was about 3/4 mile to the summit Could I force a route to it? Compared to yesterday it was a clear sunny day and very little wind - this was idyllic.
Passed my highest point of the day before and encountered the deepest snow yet. There must be all hiden gullies in this section. In one place to an onlooker it must have appeared that I sank without trace for a minute or so. (Except there weren't any onlookers.) I went in up to head height. This was a predicament very hard to get of and involved much rolling and floundering about, eventually able to crawl out.
Some of the snow was compact enough I could actually walk on top of it without sinking! Not for long though. At other times I tried crawling to even out the weight but it wasn't all that successful
After tremendous effort the trig point finally came into view and I made a beeline to it.
It was a moment to savour. Blue sky but with cloud covering the first 10 degrees above the horizon. In the NE a gibbous moon rising and the pale light of the near setting sun making the snowy vista glow with a golden light. Icy spicules of grass and heather poked up here and there above the surface. The TV masts just beyond with rime and frost all over them could have been at the South Pole station. I've never been alone in mountains in winter, so for me this was a real moment.
Hang on! Setting sun? I'd better get down. It was relatively straightforward to put my feet in the footprints I had made cominng up, although still exhausting. Got a bit muddled in the lower section and by the time I reached the outskirts of town it was getting dark. Down the final hill, laaughing all the way to my house.
It is the first time I've come home with my laces so frozen that I couldn't undo them, and the hem and cuffs of my top with ice frozen to them. It was about -5C.
Quick shower, a bowl of soup, and off to work. Not long got in.
5 x 1200m club reps last night for 6.77 miles in total...
Nice one T Rex... Brave, stupid & fun... (I need to write your name down properly as I keep thinking of home baking !)
Trex...you loony, it sounds fantastic..we must team up for a joint loony run one time
Panad and TR40..enjoy training run guys, wish I could be there
Blimey, what a week. Snow, DIY, work and marathon training...phew. Which prat entered me into Hardmoors in 2 weeks time?
Hey, end in sight now though..please no more ice!!!
Snow all gone here now..rain and floods instead
Ran 14miles today with a friend who is training for an Ultra... really can't get my head around that sort of distance!
You will jenf before the year is out.
jenf- did you go up for the Parkrun trial yesterday? i got as far as the carpark, before turning back because I couldn't actually walk across the carpark for the sheet ice!!!! Incredibly, it went ahead- without me thoough! I didn't even trust leaving my car in the car park to be shunted! Nice run- was it windy?
T Rex- The usual insanity, I see
TR40 and Lemmy- good speedy stuff
brer- What a prat!
Today saw me doing an enforced race It's an inter-club Team Pursuits where each runner sets off at 15 second intervals and the team of 5 with the quickest aggregate time wins- Good fun, but interfered with my planned 16m LR....still, club first.... The race was 6.6m through the edge of the Preseli Mountains and wickedly hilly as a result- my first (downhill) mile was my quickest at 5.28, my slowest (VERY uphill) was 8.40!!!! Like the climb to Bwlch y Groes, but not as long! Just to add to the interest, at a few points the road was over-the-socks deep in water from the ice and snow melt- brr! At other points there was a torrent running down the road Oh, and just to make it really interesting, we had severe gale force icy winds here- I actually got blown almost off the road a couple of times on the hill tops. So how did I solve the dilemma of the long run and missed miles? I went round again, of course Not quite the miles planned, but a much tougher 14.28 for the day
Snow all melted here, so went out looking for some hills today (there's not many where I live!). Managed a steady 10 miles off-road with lots of mud and water thrown in ... a bit of a confidence giver before next week's Charnwood Hill Race, where there is a real chance that I might be the last finisher ....
JD - your run sounds challenging, to say the least. There was a good westerly blowing here today too, but luckily I ran out into it, so it pushed me all the way back to the car
Hi all, everyone ticking along I see. Somehow or other, managed 18 yesterday in fairly desperate conditions with new trail shoes which gave me hell. Innov8 Orocs..have metal studs in them. They were fantastic in the snow but in the mush/tarmac bits, they were a liability. Got well and truly splattered by a boy racer when he drove through a pile of snow in the middle of the road at high speed.Mojo well and truly down by mile 15 so stopped for a mug of chocolate at burger van. All snow gone today so faced the hail and wind to complete a 10 miler on tarmac, got to try and regain a bit of pace after all the runs at such slow pace in snow (but they were fun).
JD sounds a good trip out
Hi SD..go girl, just enjoy it
JD, no I didn't do parkrun either this week, I guessed it would still be v icey up there, and I'd promised to run with my friend. Should be there next week though.
TR40/ TRex ... lets see how I cope with SNOD, then maybe I might be tempted by an Ultra!!!
Brer, I really like your way of regaining mojo.
Good luck with you race next week SD
I think I must be more target driven than I give myself credit for - every hill that I now approach comes with the thought "if I run up this then Pen Y Pass will be easier on the day"All snow gone in Orkney
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