Mud, mud……

Well not exactly glorious mud. In fact, arguably some of the muddy trails we ventured out into on Saturday were no longer mud, but whatever mud turns into when it’s been frozen.

I thought in this post, I’d list a few runs I did and try and say something interesting about them.

Last time I posted Jean and I had been out for a trail run. The following day we were back on solid ground again running for an hour along the seafront. A good 10k achieved.

The next week was the last one before our training programme for the 2018 Reading Half Marathon began. I had a quick run home on Tuesday and then a good interval session around by the marina on the Wednesday.

The next run saw us back on the trails again with a run starting around Grosnez and finishing around Les Landes.

This was a really good run. The terrain was a bit more runner-friendly than our previous trail runs although we did manage to lose our way once running along the path designed for horses, rather than the human one nearby….
The following day I did another long-ish run aiming for a steady 10k, which I did in a very steady 62 minutes. I didn’t feel as good as when I did the hour-long run the week before but it was ok.

Monday the 4th saw the official start of Reading Half training, and it also saw the start of needing to be flexible around the program. I should have had a rest day Monday but needed to move it to Wednesday when I spent a couple of days in London. So Monday saw my first training run, a fast finishing effort with the final half mile at a really good pace.

Tuesday’s session was similar but without the fast finish.

As I was in London with work on Thursday, I thought I’d try and take advantage of my hotel’s location near Greenwich Park for a run there.  Except my map reading skills had clearly let me down and whilst in the grand scheme of things my hotel was quite near the park, it also was the length of Blackheath Common away. And I also ran in sightly the wrong direction for Greenwich Park so that didn’t go to plan but was a good run anyway.

Here’s a link to a picture of where I ran. I didn’t take any pictures though because:-

  • it was dark when I set out
  • it was flat fairly featureless grassland and
  • I forgot to take either of my phones with me. Some may consider this reason to be more important than the others.

Friday was a day off so for a change I did some running! An interval session taking me along the coast to a nasty hill and then the direct route back into town again for a coffee and cheese and mushroom toastie. The nasty hill went well actually as I’ve only been up there once faster.

We were off on our travels again this past weekend to Steyning and Bramber in the South Downs. We stayed at an amazing hotel and will most definitely go back.

On Saturday we went for a lengthy and hilly trail run but here’s where the frozen mud came in. There was actually a fair bit of the wet, squidgy kind as well so we made sure our trainers had a good clean afterwards.

The first couple of miles was essentially uphill and not just a bit uphill but proper 40% gradients all the way, but what it did mean was that there were some amazing views waiting for us at the top.

Which brings us right up to yesterday and we were still in the South Downs. This time we went south and I got as far as the outskirts of Shoreham.

I’d planned to run to this footbridge to the north of Shoreham but discovered when I was there that my trail shoes really don’t work very well on smooth wet surfaces like a wooden footbridge in the rain. At least I didn’t fall over.

Next week (weather and travel permitting) we’ll be heading to Richmond for some more running tourism but hopefully we’ll get in some good training miles too. Hopefully it will be dry too…..

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