Snowdonia marathon 2013

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24/01/2013 at 11:08

Enjoyed your account TRex. Makes my foray up our local hill in snow seem like kindergarten! More mundane trip with JS group this evening ...

24/01/2013 at 13:38

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

24/01/2013 at 14:56

5 miles last night, little bit of slushy ice around the estate but main pavements clear...

Trex... You need to join Antarctic Survey...

Camlo    pirate
24/01/2013 at 20:22
Well done TRex!! watching all your runs / biking with interest but not going to think too much about SNOD until a few other challenges are out of the way. Tough Guy this Sunday may finish me off completely....
Kandinsky- housing estates may be perfect for intervals but soooooo boring!
Been thinking about the 'true' distance taking hills into consideration, and wondering if the fact that I am short (hence shorter stride) means it is 'harder' for me than a tall person too?
My incessant chatter obviously wore off at club though as 6 of us now entered from Rhayader Club.
24/01/2013 at 20:33

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!!!

24/01/2013 at 21:23
Welcome back TRex
24/01/2013 at 22:17
Well. Did my first run since Saturday due to picking up a niggle in my calf from running in 18 inches of snow. Went on a club 5 mile tempo. Splits were 5.42, 5.59, 6.10, 6.06, 6.01. Quite pleased considering there was a couple of long gradual hills chucked in. Calf seems ok too. Can't afford an injury with 2 weeks to go untill the last cross country fixture of the season with a good chance of promotion for the club.
25/01/2013 at 01:49

Absolutely epic.


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

25/01/2013 at 02:04

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.

25/01/2013 at 06:01
T-Rex Back in true Rexy style!! Epic
Panad we need to sort an excalibur training run

8 miles Tempo Tuesday, 10.5 yesterday off to gym now will do intervals on dread mill and some weights

Have a great day gang
25/01/2013 at 11:48

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 !)

25/01/2013 at 20:45 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!!!

26/01/2013 at 22:43

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!

26/01/2013 at 22:54

You will jenf before the year is out.

27/01/2013 at 16:58

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



27/01/2013 at 17:16

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 


27/01/2013 at 19:29

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

27/01/2013 at 20:16
Evening gang.

JD sounded tough but good fun matey
Jenf ultra running buddies this thread.....B-)
Brer good going girl
SD well done on off roader
Hilly 15 miler today last 3 miles into what felt like gale force winds. Manged 8:15 av pace, good fun. Been my highest mileage month for a while 130 so far.
27/01/2013 at 21:56

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

28/01/2013 at 11:10

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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