Thursday, 27 March 2008
Friday 28th March 2008
60 miles, 10380 ft, 14:49:04
After a reasonable performance at Calder Vale and a long slow run over Winter Hill on Saturday morning I had almost nothing left in my legs and the Pike Race was a real struggle - over a minute slower each way than last year and although I picked up places descending I was still a minute quicker coming down last year. Ah well, my string of 5 consecutive PBs is ended - as it was bound to, someday. Allowing for Easter being so early and the missed weeks of training this is more a reminder of how much there is to do rather than a cause for panic. On Sunday we had a gentle run over Winter Hill and then went to tackle "Winter in The Dales" on Monday. The, sometimes fierce, snow showers were unexpected and the knee deep drifts were a surprise but in between the snow provided some fine running and spectacular photographs. We had a long steady day over Ingleborough and Whernside to pick up another 18 miles and almost 4000 ft which seemed good enough to warrant a rest on Tuesday before a hilly twelve miles on Wednsday and a Hills session on Thursday for a second consecutive week with over 10,000 feet.
Weather forecasts suggest a poor day on Saturday with Sunday being, perhaps, a little better. At the moment my plans are 'fluid' and will change with the weather with the intention of another 10,000+ feet and around 60 miles.