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My Last Run

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:47

Just over 600 miles of driving and three killer migraines this week (the two things probably not unconnected!) meant that today was the first time out since last weekend but it was a lovely return!

8 miles in lovely sunshine, along the trail that was variously muddy where the sun had got to it and more Torville and Dean than Mo Farah where it hadn't.  Felt very sorry for the cyclists who just looked terrified as they skidded all over the shop.

I spent the first mile thinking, ooh l'm glad l put my gloves on and the next seven wishing l didn't look quite so stupid with them tucked down my front and making a mental note that despite my husband wearing his thermals, sweatshirt, gloves and bobble hat, l rarely really need a long sleeved shirt and certainly didn't today.

This menopause malarkey has its upsides  

My Last Run

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 21:45

Thanks JT and Nessie - l'll have a look next time l'm near a sensible shop.  Daren't have more than two pairs though - the only thing l ever have a real go at my lovely OH about is the fact that our bedroom looks like a medium sized branch of Decathlon because the only sport he hasn't done at one time or another is darts and HE NEVER THROWS ANYTHING AWAY so l don't want to give him any comeback.......

PS if anyone wants a squash racket and press circa 1945 or a jaunty pair of Coq Sportif running shorts fashionably tiny in 1977 just give me a shout.  Or one of two sets of golf clubs. Or a canoe spraydeck.  Or a pair of cycling shoes with cleats.

Derbyshire runners

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 22:07

Yes, pavements all the way to Bakewell (but after that you're on your way to the uncivilised wasteland that is Buxton and you're on your own..... )

The high peak trail is lovely at this time of year, before the bikes and horses and pushchairs and scooters and walkers and .........

Have fun and if we pass each other, l'm the wobbly pink one smiling like a fool and singing to myself.

My Last Run

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 22:01

Thanks JT - l'll give it some thought.

7 sparkly miles for me this morning - no snot and boiled cabbage today - on the snow in the sun it was like running on crunchy diamonds with bright bright green moss on the dry stone walls where the sun had got to it.

Going in the opposite direction were two or three serious runners going along at such an impressive pace, great to see.

Derbyshire runners

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 14:01

You can park free at Minninglow and at Friden though and that gives you a lot of potential in both directions - and no tunnels!! Just done a nice 7 miles from Minninglow  southwards and back this morning  - fantastic views in the sunshine 

Derbyshire runners

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 09:49

The High Peak Trail is another good one too - flat as a pancake until you get to Middleton Top and fab views!

Derbyshire runners

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 09:48

Hi Dawnie - Cromford Canal is one of my favourite runs! Yes there's just the one longish tunnel at around mile 2 starting from the Cromford end and yes it's very dark.  I generally keep my hand just lightly touching the rail to keep myself orientated but l do have hopeless balance so you might be fine. You can see the other end all the time and most walkers tend to wait to enter until you've come out which is good.

The one thing l do dislike about it is the concrete surface which l find saps all the energy from my legs, especially on the way back when they're tired anyway.

The canal finishes just above the Hurt Arms but the footpath carries on upwards and left but l've never been up that way yet!

I've done a Map My Run and from Cromford to the end and back came out as a shadow over 11 miles which is great for HM training too 


My Last Run

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 16:31

...and while I think on, I used to *loathe* the wind and would make any excuse not to go out in it.  Being of a deeply manipulative turn of mind I reckoned that I'd never managed to get anyone else to do anything by bullying them but I had by fooling them into thinking it was their idea in the first place.....

So I tried pretending to myself that I was really looking forward to it and then acting like I was loving it when I was out in it and eventually (after about a month  -  March as it happens, plenty of wind to practise with!) I found I was genuinely enjoying it and I really like it now (doesn't make it any easier, just more fun).

I've since found out that there's a whizzy psychological term for this  -  something to do with neural pathways  -  and it works 

My Last Run

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 16:21

Beautiful pics DanK (I also thought you were Scandinavian!) and Swittle -  though I always thought it was called Studley Pike and it was just my Rochdale OH pronouncing it Stoodley! 

Tried a new route just now  -  3andabit miles up (and back down) the hills at the back of my house, through the sheep poo and mud, in the snow, losing my feet in cow tracks and getting stuck in the very narrow gaps in the dry stone walls.  Great stuff  -  it makes me remember why I live here  -  though very slow because of the mud and general slidiness.

Nessie  -  as a particularly muddy person you're my guru in this but anyone else please help too!  -  do you wash your shoes when they get really muddy or do you just wait until they dry and bang them together to get the worst off?  I've only got one pair of ordinary Mizuno running shoes  -  will washing them every week harm them?  Do I need a different pair of shoes for ankle deep mud or is it really a matter of preference?

I'm never going to be a fell runner but I am enjoying myself just running up and down muddy things for the hell of it.


My Last Run

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 08:16

Swittle oh dear! Though l'm taken with the idea of Rising Damp as a sedative.

In my attempts *not* to fall over yesterday morning l averaged 15 minute miles as l did the 4 mile local hill run again. Very challenging very steep and very long uphills along two little country roads and a tractor track were hard enough but the rest  -  downhill and flat bits - were so muddy and claggy l could barely walk never mind run!

Managed (more or less) to avoid being slashed by the brambles and dog roses and the first real sunshine in days was beautiful.

Back to howling gales and snow flurries this morning though!

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