Hello lovely running folk!
Well... as some of you will know, I have been contemplating upping the distance and going for my first HM in March. Possibly. So - I decided that attempting my first HM distance to see out the old year would be a completely stupid idea, so opted for a hilly run up to Lyme Park and back instead, given that hill training has got to be a good thing, right? (Had you worried there didn't I Sadie-runs )
All I can say is that it was bloomin' hard after the Christmas indulgances, but I did it, albeit with a couple of tiny moments of catching my breath. 9.1k in total, at 6:57/km.
I got slightly freaked out when I reached Higher Poynton on the canal and turned off, when I saw a load of race marhsals in hi-vis jackets. It turns out I was unwittingly in the middle of the Bowstones Fell Race, though I arrived after most of the runners, and was off the route before the leaders returned. But good grief, the hills! I was sure this time round I wouldn't need to stop, but I just had to, I felt like my lungs were going to explode. Still, I didn't stop for long, and I recovered pretty quickly, although my pace dropped a bit. I wasn't worrying about pace today though, it was just for the fun of it, which is why, for some obscure reason, I decided running up a near-vertical hill would be fun lol
Here's to a happy new year for everyone, see you on the other side!