Cold and hard

18/01/2013

Most of the UK got a good covering of snow today but in Kent it was just a smattering. Having learnt my lesson yesterday, I made sure to get out while there was daylight. Road running seemed like a non-starter; too much ice on the back roads and pavements. Instead I hit the trails.

In large, the ground was very rutted and frozen hard. I had to go quite carefully to avoid twisting an ankle, even so it was a tough workout for the achiles tendons.

A 4.6 mile loop completed with no mishaps an a couple of stops for photos.


Pancake struggles

04/01/2013

Well it was inevitable really. The cumulative effects of several days training caught up with me today. A recovery run around my default 4-mile loop was the plan. The weather at lunchtime was favourable. I had hoped a very gentle effort today, would set me up physically & mentally for a longer, harder run at the weekend. Unfortunately, it proved to be a struggle from start to finish. I’m now thinking I may need to scale back the distance tomorrow & hope to fit the long run in on Sunday.

The photograph below was taken at about the half way point of the run & looks back toward home. The key feature to note is: how flat it is. Having some pancake routes to run has been a blessing as I struggle for fitness. However if I want to survive the Tun Wells Half, I’ll have to start tackling some serious hills soon.


Soggy end

31/12/2012

My last run of 2012 was an unimpressive 10K. Rain was blown into my face and there were a number of stretches of flooded road to be negotiated. The poor running form I have enjoyed of late continued, the only pacing option I had was: keep plodding or stop & walk. I kept plodding.

Another slow, damp run completed. It could have been miserable, but it wasn’t. I finished with a smile on my face. Sometimes just to endure is enough.


Bourne away

22/12/2012

From this afternoon’s run: the Bourne at Golden Green. Usually this is a gentle babbling brook.


Shadow on the wall

17/12/2012

A photograph taken on yesterday morning’s 10K run:

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This was edited using the pixlromatic+ app on the iPad.