Friday, 1 August 2008

Coope's Dozen

Last Week
42 miles, 4189 ft, 07:40:19

Coope's Dozen is the traditional, last, long (18 miles) 'pre-Borrowdale' training session - a round of the 12 tops of the Winter Hill massif - run in a group (or groups) until Healey Nab the 12th when it becomes a race back to the Upper Barn at Rivington. A small "Fast Group" (these things are relative) of Albert Sunter and myself and a larger "Slow Group" of Pauline and others. More details and some photos are on Ed's blog Albert dragged my round almost half an hour quicker than I had managed previously, showed me some better routes and graciously waited as I shuffled the last leg back to Rivington. Always a good day out with its 'trying moments' and this year the vegetation is particularly profuse - the climb to Counting Hill is never good but the bracken is the worst it has been for many years. We tried to find a near-direct line to Old Adam and again the vegatation made us suffer, this was a bad mistake and, as a consequence, I am sure I could improve on the 03:32 we recorded on Saturday.

I allowed Sunday as a recovery day but my legs were so tired on Monday and, especially, at the track on Tuesday I decided to rest for the remainder of the week before Borrowdale on Saturday. Last year it was shortened and on the only other occasion (2005) I have run it I had a pretty dreadful run taking over 5 hours and only just managing 18 minute miles which is my slowest ever race pace. I ought to be able to improve on that although if it as hot as it has been for the rest of this week it could be a 'close run thing'. Beyond Borrowdale I'll do what I can on Sunday and thereafter in what should be my penultimate training week before a couple of easy weeks.

After this weekend I need to finalise the logistics and support arrangements. The end of August that seemed a good weekend clashes with an English/British counter as well as the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc so a number of runners who have helped previously are committed to other things.

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