Out with The Herb at lunch today on a very cold day - -12º when we left home this morning. Microspikes on just past Tesco and wound The Herb up by sprinting off whenever we hit a patch of ice. A very steady 5miler, and not entirely sure of pace as I was on iPhone timing due to forgetting my watch.
All was going swimmingly, and we'd even stopped to let Andrew experience the magic of the spikes, when he complained of a pain in his calf, then suddenly let out a yelp and stopped - torn calf is the disgnosis from me, as it sounds exactly like both of my tears. Bugger for the big lad - he's just getting back into regular running after about 2 years of injury.
Also today we got to view the super new showers at work - 6 shower cubicles, permanent lockers and a cage each for us "regulars" in the spiffing drying room. Luxury - very chuffed. No excuse not to run and cycle now (apart from it's coming up to Christmas, it's freezing and I seem to be out on the lash every other night).
Also ordered K's new car - a small 4WD to help her get out when it's slippy, but also wangled a detachable towbar as part of the deal, so will be splashing out on a posh bike rack so we can travel to various sportives in style!
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Having said we'd escaped the worst of the snow last weekend, it arrived with a vengeance in the Dales this week, with several quite big dumps. I've managed to keep running, just, although the mileage has suffered a bit. Well a lot, actually...
Microspikes. These are fast fitting min-crapons that make a huge difference on packed snow or ice. I ran a half mile warm up then three comfortable miles at around 7:10 pace - no way I would have dared run that fast in trail shoes.
Spent yesterday driving to Barnsley and back to test drive a car for K, then today dawned clear and cold after a minor thaw. Off road was the decision, but with a Christmas tree to put up, sledging to be done and a dog to be romped, it had to be shortish.
I decided to run over the crag the short way, so up via Eastby and back past the reservoir. Harder climbing than out normanl route, but much shorter. I messed up my Garmin stopping to take pictures, but I reckon it's just short of 4 miles but with a fair bit of climbing - maybe 800' or so. The snow was fairly deep in a couple of places, but all runnable, and apart form a short section on the descent I didn't feel I needed my spikes on.
Must get some miles done this month though - last december was almost 120 miles of running. It's the 5th and I've managed a whole 9!