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17/01/2013 at 22:09

Carl - speedy reps there well done. You're right about the cold. It makes breathing tough. 

Carter - enjoy the snow in the peaks. What camera did you get?

17/01/2013 at 22:17
I've got a Sony HXV100. It's only a second hand one from a camera shop in Sheffield as its the first 'proper' camera I've had so didn't want to spend too much if I can't get into it. Saying that I have taken some really good shots so far by just aiming and clicking. I haven't used any of the manual functions yet. Do you dabble in photography yourself ?
17/01/2013 at 22:46
Carter - looking forward to some great images from your run over the weekend.

You need to take them early enough to send to Rachel so that she can pretend she is outside whilst running on the dreadmill !!
18/01/2013 at 07:06

I got a Nikon D3100 for Chrimbo. Also my first proper camera. Also not good on manual settings but I've bought a  book all about it! Getting some great shots on auto It's a bit big to run with though.....

18/01/2013 at 08:58

I am thinking about getting his waist pack which comes highly recommended - You can pick it up on ebay for about £35 -

18/01/2013 at 09:04

Snow last night and woke up to a couple of inches (ooh err missus) but not as much as forecast; maybe thats on the way later. I managed to get out earlyish this morning for 8.6 miles @ 10:25. It was tricky in places underfoot but not too bad really. The couple of hills I took in that were offroad were really hard going as you will see if you look at my run - It was foggy and snowy so couldnt take any photos, plus it was pitch black ! When the wind blew it was really cold and breathing was difficult so I pulled my snood up over my nose and mouth and that made breathing difficult too ! Oh well, a few more miles in the bank. I didnt see anybody at all but did see some sheep, grouse, a squirrel, some chickens in a farm, a rabbit (but that was lying in the middle of the road !) and some horses. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Stay warm everyone

18/01/2013 at 19:08

That pack looks cool. Let me know how you get on. Like you I love running off road on the trails. I also like walking (I know it's boring) and cycling so that would come in mega handy. My camera bag is shite.

18/01/2013 at 19:13

Carl - just read your post on Cheerful Dave's thread. As you said, I would aim for 3:45 for the minute and see how the long runs go and the MO sections in long runs. Your speed suggests faster than 3:45 but you may well be like a lot of blokes and have loads of speed with shite endurance!

18/01/2013 at 20:10
Spoons - probably the best thing to do. Will be interesting to find out if I have the endurance and I guess we will find out over time.

2 inches or so of the white stuff during the day today. Has stopped snowing now.

Hoping to get out in the morning for my 18+ mile LSR providing it does not freeze.

Going to get up, have some tea and porridge and then go for it.
18/01/2013 at 20:11
Anyone else hoping to get out in he morning ? If you do keep safe.
18/01/2013 at 21:53
Well, yes I intend to, or at least I did. I had a new 18 mile route along the trans pennine way sorted that takes in a climb up kinder scout. This mornings run was hard when I got to the off road stuff and my route tomorrow is all off road. In addition to that it has been snowing all day and still is. As such, I expect I will have to revise my plan. I walked to the shops earlier and the pavement was covered and if the snow continues through the night then the roads will be too. I guess I will have to play it by ear but I will definitely do something.
18/01/2013 at 21:58

Well staying safe is the main thing. I went up Kinder Scout once. A big peat bog at the top from what I remember that people could easily get stuck in!....

18/01/2013 at 22:12
A bit of excitement now and again never did anybody any harm !!!
18/01/2013 at 23:04

I suspect just going out the front door dressed in running gear is excitment enough.

Temperatures are going to hover around -1 C here tonight and should be at 0 C by 9am.

So I am thinking that I will go for it and take it real slow. Let you know in the morning.

19/01/2013 at 10:47
Plenty of snow overnight so decided not to go up in to the peaks. Turned out to be the right decision as my legs didn't turn up today. Ran on the road where possible but when on the pavement there was plenty of snow to make it harder. Hills were impossible as I couldn't get much traction. And the gingerbread man tried to make things harder for me too. 10.5 miles @ 10:17
19/01/2013 at 12:49

Snow will make it harder. Or are your legs tired? Did you plan to do 10.5 miles?

19/01/2013 at 13:09
Just back in and having a nice cup of hot tea.

Some light snow overnight but it did not freeze.

Got up a little later than planned, had toast with marmalade and a cup of tea and then straight out.

The first 3 miles were heavy on the legs as all uphill on snow. Then downhill towards the centre of London through slush on the footpaths. Across to Hyde Park and back onto snow. Beuatiful scenery but it got very cold with the temperature dropping a few degrees. Then upto Regents Park where it started to sweat and by now I could not feel my face.

20.5 miles in all at 9:21 min/mile.

I brought a bottle of Lucozade Lite as my refuelling drink and finished it when I came in the door.

I feel good but the legs are a little heavy as running on snow and through heavy slush is tough. Found the pace comfortable overall. I ran most of the session at about 9:30 mm pace but picked it up for the last few miles as the cold was inside me.

Heading for a nice soak in the bath.
19/01/2013 at 13:34
Carl - great run, well done.

Spoons - I planned to do 18 so I'm hoping it was just one of those days. The legs felt a bit heavy but that could be the snow causing that
19/01/2013 at 13:46

Carl - that's awesome, well done. Milk is the best recovery drink, or if you're a fatty like me then chocolate milk

Carter - could be the snow, or could be fatigue. Don't panic or anything. Can you adjust your schedule and make this your drop back week? Have an easy day tomorrow and get back into it on Monday. When I say easy, I mean either 2-4 miles slow or nothing. 

19/01/2013 at 16:12
Spoons - I was thinking the same myself actually. In an easy week how should I approach the speed sessions ?
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