For the love of trails

It has been a few weeks of trail runs, runs that I love.  They aren’t fast, they aren’t easy, but they are good fun and give a good break from the road running.

We had a good club away run (to break up the monotony of our usual winter route) to Scarborough sea front, to roughly follow the route of the Yorkshire Coast 10k.  It was a nice evening, but windy on the way back made it hard work.  All added up to very much deserving the fish & chips afterwards!

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At the beginning of the month we broke from our usual routine to visit another parkrun to meet with a friend who was visiting too.  Humber Bridge parkrun – first visit.  I wasn’t sure how I’d find this, as a three lap course, but actually quite enjoyed it.  Although it is paths, it was pretty wet on our visit hence we finished with mud splashed up our legs – all good fun.  Don’t think I like it as much as Sewerby, but would be happy to come back and run it again.

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My OH and I had a very rare free Sunday so what else is there to do but to go for a nice long run (is that normal?!)  We wanted an off road run and thought a return visit to the Hudson Way old railway line would be a good idea.  Ended up with 8 miles of mud and puddles.  Thoroughly enjoyed this run and my OH reminded me that this is why he started running, so that we could have times like this, out in the countryside, not worrying about pace, but just enjoying it.  We were however, very grateful for the dry socks and shoes in the car along with old towels to sit on and stop the mud clarting the car seats!

This weekend the weather was not conducive to a leisurely run hence we decided on a few miles from home with the dogs.  It was very windy and raining, muddy underfoot.  The picture show the dyke we had to cross, that I failed and ended up with my feet dangling in the water whilst laid on the bank.  Oh well, all good fun!

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Valentine’s Day today.  It is also club night.  Which means that we will be spending our evening out on a club head torch run (the advantages of both enjoying running!).

Do you share your passion for running with your OH?

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January 2017 round up

Jan:

  • Total miles:  80.15
  • Number of runs: 20
  • Races: 1

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That is actually the most runs I think I’ve ever done in a month!  Hadn’t realised that until I’ve written it down.  Although I’m still struggling with pace, I’m pleased that I have run the distance I have in January.  I’ve seen the doc again and am to remain on iron tablets for another three months as my levels are still pretty low.  Also I’ve been advised to add in a Vitamin D supplement.  I’m hoping that a combination of these, plus losing some weight, will really make a difference and the pace I was running at will come back again.

Within those runs, I’d included 3 hill reps sessions.  I do think these do me a lot of good!  I really want to keep these up through the rest of the year.  I’m also looking forward to club track sessions starting again.  I like the structured sessions and think they help increase pace and stamina.

How did January go for you?