Friday, 11 April 2008

Friday 11th April 2008

Last Week
73 Miles, 11030 Feet, 18:38:44

Three pictures from Saturday, first two from Steeple and the last from Middle Fell as we were descending to Greendale Bridge having jogged round the last leg of the Joss Naylor Traverse in some very entertaining weather. On Sunday Pauline, Keith and I set off round the Duddon race route but ran into some heavy snow on our way up Hard Knott and in the face of deteriorating weather decided to head back down Duddon Valley instead. I managed three morning sessions this week to lift my miles and, as my training enters its final phase, I have increased my target to 74 miles a week without losing any climbing. This is a bit of a step up from the 55-60 I was aiming for before and so to be only a mile short on the first week is neither here nor there. Traffic was so bad last night that I couldn't get to the Hill Session but the way my legs felt it was probably a blessing.

Four consecutive weeks of over 10,000 feet of climbing and I now feel much happier about the whole thing, so much so that I am starting to confirm support arrangements. If you want to help or just want to come along and say hello somewhere round the route then please post a comment below and I'll be in touch.

Next Week
After very welcome rest day today we are off for a long, probably fast, walk round Ullswater with the Rucksack Club on Saturday and then on Sunday (if the weather holds) a recce of the North Western fells bit of Leg 1 and perhaps a little more. The rest of the week will be working towards 74 miles and 10,000+ feet on two sessions a day. As well as confirming support details I need to sort out food and water for each leg and the for the road crossings. So far everything has been easy - just running - now the logistics have to be tackled and they are much more difficult.

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