Friday, 18 April 2008

Friday 18th April 2008

Last Week
W: 27 miles 6078 ft 09:17:15
R: 51 miles 7873 ft 10:28:50
T: 78 miles 13951 ft 19:46:05

Another big week, 5th consecutive week with over 10,000 feet of climbing and the second consecutive week with total miles over 70. The "walking" miles were with the Rucksack Club on a long walk around Ullswater at an average pace of around 3 mph (including the climbing and stops) which, being faster than a BGR requires, almost justifies including as 'running' miles. The following day Paul Murray took me through the NW fells to Newlands Hause for a first look at the 'new' night section. Paul's daughter Ros and Rae Pritchard joined us for part of a really worthwhile morning. I think I have descent route that is 'do-able' in the dark but it still needs a bit of practice and the climb out, although well provided with handrails, needs a close look to confirm they are as good as they seem from a distance. With so much done over the weekend I didn't feel guilty about not going out on Monday morning and even after two recovery runs when I set off running to the track session on Tuesday I realised I didn't have a 'track session' in my legs and so just went for another long road run. By Thursday morning I was so weary I decided to sacrifice the morning run to try to get something worthwhile out of the evening Hill Session which was probably a good call.

I am happy now my climbing has caught up with where I would have wanted to be, had I not had any injuries and so I am starting to confirm the Support Teams. Pauline and Keith Foster will be the main road support and Colin Jones will lead Leg 4 to Threkeld. Other details will follow as they are confirmed.

Next Week
An easier week starting with the 23 mile LDWA "Barbondale Round" on Saturday. something on Winter Hill on Sunday and then some tapering, from mid-week, before the 3 Peaks on the 26th. I think after the last 5 weeks I need a bit of recovery so the timing is good and Barbondale is always a good day out. Pauline is running well and so last year's 05:22:36 ought to be under threat if the weather holds and the clag doesn't wreck my route finding.

I have paid little attention to my Nutrition Schedule as yet and will experiment with marizpan which is highly recommended as being easy to get down, on the run, and according to the "CalorieKing calculator" a 3.6 ounce serving is worth 427 calories or 48 minutes of jogging. The split is fat 31%, 63% carbs and 6% protein - the high fat content may make it relatively slow to digest but it is worth a try even if it only provides a change from carb bars.

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