Friday, January 27, 2006

Friday 27th January

With only 8 miles on Sunday and, probably, too much food over the weekend the week's miles amounted to 44 with 4000 feet of climbing, as planned. Weight stayed the same reflecting the lower mileage and a 'social' weekend. I had a couple of round of the new road route up New Chapel Lane and then up Foxholes which involves a little over 1000' and seems like a better Monday & Wednesday run than the nearly flat route through Chew Moor.

Since this all started I have been concerned about the balance required to eat enough to train at a higher mileage and lose weight whilst avoiding exhaustion, illness and injury. So far have avoided the last three. lost weight almost every week and managed a higher mileage than last summer. I have also been checking track and hill session lap times and although this week's mileage was down I was pleased to see an improvement at this week's track session of 6 x 800m reps. Rep times were

27/09/05: 3:11, 3:05, 3:08, 3:11, 3:15, 3:21
24/01/06: 3:07, 3:04, 3:01, 3:02, 2:59, 2:57

Now I know they are not fast but this week's are considerably improved.

Thanks to the readers who provide support, encouragement and advice, off-line, throughout the week.

Next Week
Sunday is "Thats Lyth", an LDWA event that Pauline and I help marshal so after closing CP1 I'll run the rest of the route to add about 16 miles to normal week so that I should get close to 70 miles by this time next week. I'll stick with New Chapel/Foxholes route for Monday & Wednesday to help the climbing. Saturday will be 14-16 miles over Winter Hill following a 4 mile road loop through Horwich to keeps the mileage up.

Support Team
Since last week Steve Kenyon (HRMI & Bolton), Colin Jones, Edwin Coope and Darran Kaye (all HRMI) have offered their help - thanks. Colin has offered his dogs to help recce some BGR legs with me over the coming weeks and I'll be very pleased to take them up on the offer, thanks again.
Good luck to Darran for Monday which will be his first day back running after an injury.


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