This is my fell and ultra running blog. I ran my first ultra marathon in 2011. I've built up over four years to a successful finish in the 2015 Spine Race. This year I'm aiming to focus on one longer mountain race, the Dragon's Back, with the Great Lakeland 3 Day as a warm-up event. If things go well, I might race in Europe in October again.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Lilleshall Frosty Run - 19/12/2010
Very frosted tree quarter of a mile from home
Today it was time for a long gentle run, and I woke up to a winter wonderland after yesterday's snow, with the temperature around minus eight.
I ran from the house today to save driving, so set off for a tour of the village.
Another tree with hoarfrost on the farm lane
Telegraph poles, mist and sun at Cheswell Grange
In the woods near New House Farm
Looking north towards Pitchcroft
Finger post at Willmoor Lane
Looking back down the Incline (former canal)
Up by Abbey Lane
The Hill, from Wellington Road
After 8.8 miles, scenic as it was, I was not managing to stay warm and we needed to try to get out and about in the afternoon, so rather than put a fleece on, I called it a morning. There was only 400' of ascent today, but it's been a big climbing week before today. I had a great time out there though.
Just a few thoughts for the guys who were out overnight on Friday night trying to do winter BGs in pretty tough conditions. I cannot even start to comprehend how you could set off with sufficient drive and self confidence that you could get more than one leg donw, let alone push through as far as Bowfell. Awesome. Better luck with the weather next time guys...
My weekly total is 29.3 miles and 5,150' of ascent. The four week rolling total is 100.6 miles and 15,280'. I could do with upping the distance and the climbing a bit if I'm seriously going to have a chance at a BG in 2012, but the racing prep seems to be coming on well.