Linwood parkrun

I’ve had a good couple of weeks and feel things are slowly getting better by the week. I don’t feel the discomfort in my chest has completely gone but I feel so much better over the past few weeks. I’ve been running 3-4 times a week and I’ve not had to stop or walk which has been so encouraging.

We had a weekend away in Keswick last weekend which was good fun. On Saturday we took part in one of Joe Faulkner’s NAV4 course. There were 7 of us on the course with instructors Joe and Bennie.

We spent time in Abraham’s cafe going over the basics but heading out to the hills for lots of practical skills. The two things I took away was working with contours and judging distance. Katrina enjoyed it too!

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In the evening we attended the premier of the short film by Berghaus called ‘Behind the scenes of the Dragon’s Back race’ as part of the Kendal Film festival.

It was an excellent 30 min film about what goes into putting on an event like the 5 day Dragon’s Back. I found it really interesting as I was a runner at the event and also because I’m going to be part of the Event team for next year’s Cape Wrath Ultra which is also organised by Ourea Events.

After the film there was a 30min question and answer session with Joe, Nikki and Lisa.

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This morning I headed over to Linwood to run the parkrun. I parked a couple of miles away and had an easy run as a warm up. I was hoping to see whether I could run under 22 mins as two weeks ago I ran in 22:08.

As I was heading to the start I met good friends Donald and Elaine Sandeman who were visiting on their way north to visit their son.

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I started nearer the front than last time and quickly settled into a pace that I hoped I could maintain. There was a group of 4-5 including club mates Ryan and Mel. We ran together for most of the first lap.

During the second lap Claire and Alan pushed on and I couldn’t stay with them. I was just ahead of Ryan who was pacing Mel and that’s how we finished.

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I didn’t see Donald during the run but he was not too far behind.

Looking at my pace for the 3 miles I maybe set off a little too quickly! Two weeks ago my first mile was 7:15 and my third 7:05 whereas this time I slowed over the 3 miles.

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Since the Dragon’s Back in May I have ‘allowed’ myself plenty of treats food wise and I’ve not been weighing myself. For the first time for ages I felt it was my fitness that was slowing me down and not any discomfort in my chest so I weighed myself when I got home and the scales showed 12st 8 3/4lbs!

I feel I run better when I’m under 12st. I was 11st 8lbs in May for the Dragon’s Back so I’m going to be more disciplined for the next 4 weeks before the Tour of Helvellyn. I don’t  like to diet but I do need to be more disciplined cutting out puddings and having smaller portions. So I’m going to make an effort to lose a few pounds which definitely help me to run a little faster and easier.

I’m planning to do a longer run on Saturday 7th December which will be two weeks before the Tour of Helvellyn. I’m going to post my plan on Facebook to see if anyone fancies joining me. I plan to start from Rowardennan at 9am. The loop is just over 18 miles and has plenty of elevation and variety of terrain.

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