Gleniffer Braes Run with Steven

The plan for this weekend’s back to back runs was 9 miles today and 15 miles tomorrow.  Steven is running a cross country race tomorrow but was keen to join me today.

I enjoy running with Steven not least because, if you say 7.45am start, he’s outside at 7.45am waiting to run!  The weather was quite mild for mid January but still pretty muddy underfoot.

I could feel my hamstring all the way through the run but I tried to make sure I didn’t push too hard and it wasn’t any worse at the end!  I’m going to continue to be sensible and keep on running but making sure I keep the pace easy so I don’t make it any worse.

So a good solid run with enough time to eat some breakfast and get to my swimming lessons in time.

Like lots of others I’ve been following the Spine Race which if you haven’t seen it is a 268 mile race along the Pennine Way.

The Spine Race is a 268 mile, non-stop, winter mountain marathon encompassing the entire Pennine Way. Widely recognised as the most demanding National Trail in Britain, the Pennine Way crosses some of the most beautiful, difficult and challenging terrain found in England, including; the Peak District, Cheviots, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – finishing on the Scottish Borders.

The Spine Race is open to anyone with appropriate experience who wishes to test themselves and compete in a truly brutal race. You will face the most extreme weather conditions England has to offer; deep snow, ice, gale force winds and rain in a gruelling non-stop, 7 day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. It’s not just the conditions that are against you – your own body could become your worst enemy with tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation and exposure playing havoc with your performance. To finish you must be prepared and willing to push yourself harder than ever before.

In particular I’ve been following Mark Caldwell who I’ve run with on the West Highland Way.  Mark came 3rd in the first Spine Race in 2012 and was back for more this year.

The runners have 7 days to complete the race and when I set off this morning Mark was still running and had to finish by 8.21am to qualify as a finisher.  One of the first things I did when I got in from my run was to check he’d made it …. which he had by 45mins!

Mark CaldwellSo congratulations to Mark who finished 29th in 167hrs 15mins and everyone else who took part in the race. 31 finished out of 75 starters!

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