May 2017 Round up

Last day of the month and it’s a rest day, so I thought I’d have a look back to see how the month has gone.

May 2017 round up

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Sewerby parkun – nearly at the finish
  • Total miles:  87.38
  • Number of runs: 17
  • Races: 0

VERY pleased with the miles for the month!  14 more miles than last month, but in the same amount of runs – shows that I’ve been increasing the distance of the long runs.

Last night was track session and I really struggled with it.  I normally thoroughly enjoy these sessions and pushing myself hard, but last night there was just nothing in the tank.   The session was walk, jog, run, sprint between cone markers.  First one way, and then swap and go the other way round the track which meant that the walk was shorter, the sprint longer.  Because it was Bank Holiday Monday we’d taken Sunday as a rest day and did our long run of 11.5 miles on Monday.  I’m presuming (hoping?!) that this is the reason that I struggled with the track session this time.

But……..  this month has been good overall.  I’ve run my quickest parkrun in a long time and finally got back under 26 minutes and I’ve had some really good long runs.

Next month is busy, I’ve entered Sledmere Sunset trail 10k and Humber Bridge Half Marathon……

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Running in the rain

Are we all enjoying the sunshine?!  It is beautiful at the moment, though I think club run this evening is going to be a very warm one.  (are you wondering about the post title yet?)

It has been a hectic few weeks again and I’ve realised that I didn’t do an April round up, so here you go:

April 2017 round up

  • Total miles:  73
  • Number of runs: 17
  • Races: 2

So that is a nice amount of miles for the month, and back to more where I want to be.  My average pace for the month (yes I’m a stats freak and I like working it out) 09:25 min per mile.  I’m really pleased to see that after struggling for quite a while to get my pace to where I wanted it.  Still have a way to go, but it is coming back.

This pic shows my pace for a recent club run.  I had to include it for a bit of a giggle.  This was a lovely evening run with club, a combination of road and off road, warm and muggy to start with lots of refreshing rain for the second half of the run.

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See the spike on the pace chart?  See the maximum pace – 5:22 min mile !!  That’ll be the field with cows, calves and bull in then…..  I am very scared going through livestock like this, and would only go across with several guys surrounding me (and our club coach who is as scared as I am!).  As soon as the way to the gate was clear I just went for it.  I suppose it could class as interval training…..

We really welcomed the rain on this run.  It was an overcast but very warm evening, with lots of bugs about.  It started with a heavy drizzle and got heavier until it was really raining.  There is something pretty fun about running in the rain.  Warm rain, no wind.  Perfect way to cool down !

Does anyone else like it or is it just me?

The Hornsea Triangle Trail run

18156996_10211765215822408_473294124944461009_nI’m always looking for new routes to try, as close to home as possible for convenience, which lead me to look on my local council website where they have a section for walks – showing routes, with distance and descriptions.  Really useful!  I saw this route quite a while ago but hadn’t had the chance to go and run it until the Bank Holiday weekend.

Sunday morning found me and my OH heading off to the nearest point of the route to us to find somewhere to park and set off.  We’d decided that Seaton would be a good place to start, so that is where we headed – hadn’t even got out of the car and OH realised he’d forgotten his watch.  Oh well, that’ll be one that isn’t on his Garmin stats then!

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The old railway line

Just a couple of hundred metres on the road before we took a public footpath across a grass field (full of sheep and lambs at this time of year) and made our way towards the Wassand Estate where we picked up a public bridleway.  This part of the route was on rough track with quite a few gates to go through.  We missed our turning (the footpath sign wasn’t good!), but soon realised and picked up the path again which unfortunately for me lead into a field with bullocks in.  Now those that know me, know that I don’t like cattle.  I’m scared of them.  I was chased a few years ago by a cow whilst out walking and I now really don’t like going into fields where there are cattle.  However we were already a good way across the field (diagonally – the worst obviously!) before we saw them, so we just had to carry on.  My OH jokes that it was the fastest I ran on the whole route, but I really am scared!

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Can you spot the cattle?!  I was scared….

We finally came to the little church at Goxhill, that I’d never seen before.  It is a lovely little church and we’d timed it just as they were ringing the bell for morning service.  After a quick photo stop we were onto a short road section until we found the old railway line (Hull to Hornsea) that we followed all the way to Hornsea.  If you’ve never found an old railway line to run on, they are generally very good – straight, flat, fairly sheltered routes.

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We had the choice of two different routes to get back to the car from Hornsea – through the town and along the road and then footpath to the North of the main road, or off road just to the south of the mere.  We decided off road was the best choice so set off again.  It was beautiful!  A great route near the mere and then through some more fields (luckily empty!) back to the Wassand estate.  We then had a bit of an extra road loop to make the run up to 8 miles.

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Hornsea Mere

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It was a glorious day (need to find the sun cream if we have another day like this out running!), the route was fab and we thoroughly enjoyed the very relaxed run.  This for me is what running is about 🙂

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