I like to have a final run with all the gear I’ll be wearing and carrying a week before a main race so this morning I set off up the Braes at 6.30am for a 9 mile run. I suppose I could have camped in the garden last night to replicate our plan for next Friday but only thought about that as I was running!
There were four main things I wanted to check out on the run in preparation to next Saturday …
All this gear is well tried and tested and feels comfortable to run in and carry.
There is a fair amount of compulsory kit you need to cary for the hardmoors 110. I’m running as an unsupported runner though Katrina is going to meet me at Saltburn and run with me from Scarborough.
2. Pacing by Heart Rate
I wanted to test out running by heart rate this morning to get a feel of how it might work. So I kept looking at my watch to make sure I kept my heart rate below 135. I was averaging around 10mins miles so I think that is about right.
I’m going to keep an eye on my heart rate for the first 3-4 hours to make sure I don’t go too quickly from the start. I do have my mini-splits all sorted out but if I fall behind them by keeping to my heart rate I’m not going to worry too much.
The other thing I tried out this morning was practising getting things out of my bag while on the move. So I took out my sunglasses, wore them for a bit and put them back! I worked on an easy way to do it which seemed to work so that was good.
4. Recharging my Suunto Ambit
I really like running with a gps watch to help with pacing and distances etc. I also have the whole route downloaded into my watch to help with navigation if necessary.
The Suunto has a 15 hr battery life when it’s on 1sec capture (it gives a lot longer with 1min capture but is not as accurate). So I plan to use a mobile recharger to charge up my watch.
I plan to pick it up at Saltburn. I used it last year on the West Highland Way but I ran with a different pack so I was keen to try it out with this pack. I decided it was easiest to run with it my pocket.