Not too stiff today for part two of my back-to-back LRs (kind of a running on tired legs practice thing). Not so many hills today but plan was 40m. Soon loosened up and not significantly slower or more pained than yesterday. No weather drama either, still cold but with sun out and two layers I was comfortable (even caught some sun), just had to pull the jacket zip up on into wind sections.
All went pretty well and only drama was a stupid moment when after filling my bottle up in Beverley (local market town, will be on to tomorrow as tour de Yorkshire cycle race grande departe) I threw empty bottle away and what I thought was lid, then checked other hand for my soft flask loud/nozzle to put on and found I had thrown that away rather than lid! cue embarrassing few minutes with me peeking into bin from all angles and my hand in there fishing around whilst dozens of people walked past on a busy shopping street , probably thought I was the oddest dressed tramp ever. Thankfully I could see it from one angle and it wasn't at bottom of the nearly empty (and pretty clean) bin, so I got it fished out.
Ran most of the last near featureless flat farmland miles and hit the old railway path to home. Distance was looking a bit short so found a half mile detour and came in at just over the 40m I wanted. Less climb today and so slightly faster pace despite not fresh legs, 7.51.
A good two days and looking forward to a few easy days and a birthday meal out tomorrow. Tested two sets of shoes for Northern Traverse, equipped bag pretty well (never had to open back zipped compartment, got all essentials in the back mesh). Tested mountain fuel and tailwind out (quite nice but I don't think has the miraculous qualities some find in it - maybe my existing fuel strategy was pretty good). Thought about planning for Northen Traverse bag drops, all good
To add to my recent pattern of picking the day with bad weather for my monthly longer run weather I can add another challenging day for yesterday's hilly run in the high - comparitevly speaking - Wolds. Hail to start then sleet, snow throughout periods of the day. As the precipitatigon increased at about half way the waterproofs came out and hands were already very cold in my thin wool gloves. Struggled to get my windproof warmer gloves on, thankfully I'd stashed them in mesh with waterproof jacket so at least didn't have to root around in bag for (I did have some warmer still waterproof gloves in pack, never yet had to use those). Got warmed up again and precipitation ceased awhile only to regroup and hit me during last hour. colder quicker this time and windproof gloves were sodden. I decided to take my cut short option rather than dig out more warm gear, especially as it would allow me time to get a bath before nursery pickup. 31.6m and about 5000'+ (plan had been about 34m).
T Rex - Yep I can avoid villages pretty well on my country routes, but on longer ones a few with shops are useful (having said that only one small town with shops on my route between leaving Hull and finish). The Wolds Way itself has said town as an optional visit and does have very long stretches with no shops before and after. But I guess most people do that over a few days walking. Re, distance and time its horses for courses as I'm sure our big 'lumps' barely register against the small ones in your area even when its muddy and wet
I usually use a selection of sealable bags, to dry-proof sections of my kit and food, but forgot to bring one for my jacket in case I took it off and it rained
jim - I didn't actually put coke in the bottle, just drank it as a treat as walked out of town. Only in endurance events would drinking 330ml of coke in one go be regarded as a treat really haha. I've got good at handling the gas, but if my tummy was a bit dicky I might avoid.
I did see Isaac as got back to the station to be picked up my mom and boy at 8pm (he stayed up a bit late as he was a bit high on his visit to the station).
Taken me awhile to get this one out of the legs, I think the difference was the hills and I obviously need to feature more in the next two months.
I think this tells me I need more hill exposure before Northern Traverse as need my quads to last me more than a day. I suppose I'll be slower going on that at least.
To elaborate on earlier comment, more mental demons on this run than a few others of late. Early on heading out of town I was a bit "its a long way to go". Then when I went off pace with biggest hills to go, I didn't want to quit, but also had to talk to myself as could have easily slipped onto an easier route for similar mileage and avoided hills (and today was about distance AND hills). Rain didn't bother me that much, lack of cold and wind helped make it pretty manageable with just top body cover - even thoygh it went on ages - that's a plus
Need to be less blasé about prep too, apart from route I mostly just packed on night and not much thought to kit other than to cover the weather options. So I got arch blisters both sides from early on (need new socks or maybe shoes - latter are on order). I also didn't pack anything to protect the windproof I took off early doors from later rain, so this and other bits of kit got wet in my bag. Thankfully at end I did have a dry merinoto change into from bag.
Hi T Rex. I ended up shortening my route to 61m, more about getting back at a decent hour than anything else as stil had some daylight left (30min train journey and a pickup from station and see Isaac before he went to bed rather than a taxi in muddyish clothes). Was some good miles, can't say I enjoyed every minute as a few "in my head" battles along the way.
Started from my door, 5.55am, headtorch on for about the first .25m along unlit footpath then turned off as next 5m or so was mostly roadside passing through urban areas. After this out into the countryside and quite muddy (usually dryer here on trails than this by April). Undulations and hills started as I joined the Wolds Way. Weather warm-ish, murky and slow drizzle - I was just in a thin merino baselayer on top from 6.30am.
Deviated off Wolds way after about 23m to follow an old rail-line bed path called Hudson Way into a small town, Market Weighton, where I bought some water to top-up. Even with fairly rural local routes I usually plan in a village/town with a shop, learnt where they are over the years. On this occasion, much like in other 40+m runs I started with 2 x 500ml bottles, I'd drank about 3/4 what I had so far, so topped up from 2 x 500ml bought bottles. The unused went in the pack for further top up later. I also bought and drank on a full can of coke here.
Made my way back onto Wolds Way undulating through the dry dales and tiny villages. After a big climb and descent after Millington I hit a really muddy path that really slowed me - a real low - and decided here I needed to re-plan my route as I couldn't maintain the 5mph pace needed for the ~66m planned route. Checked maps and came up with a new plan to cut out a short section and got on with the next and most hilly section.
It was about here that the weather turned with rain at first and then quite a long hailstorm. I could also here thunder not far away. Through the next series of reasonably big ascent and descents I was sporadically hit by rain and hail. This didn't help pace either as paths really muddy. I made the call to knock a 5m or so chunk off the route. I wasn't too dissatisfied with that as it removed a roady bit and a loop. New section was on quite nice trails with a few picturesque dry dales to cross.
I was just about to rejoin the planned route again near Frdaythorpe (highest village in the Wolds and the County) when the weather hit again. Heavy rain and a thunderstorm that bashed away for a few hours - part of which whilst I nervously ran along a road on high ground. Thankfully that was it for the weather though and as I moved into the final 10m which was gently undulating path and gree-road followed by a quiet road run in to Driffield, the rain stopped and I got blue sky and occasional peeks of the sun!
I arrived at my destination just too late for the 7pm train, so hung around awhile in the quiet town centre and got some more coke and water from a petrol station shop whilst I waited for the 7.30. A good day all-in-all. Slower pace than my 54m last month, but significantly more climb at near 100ft per mile ascent and descent. And legs also felt it that bit more. Quad have been giving me gip on stairs.