Sunday, 31 August 2008

Well done Rosie!

Congratulations to Rosie who has circumnavigated the globe on foot, solo and unsupported. An inspiring story!

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Night run

Route: 9m-ish, road and trail
Weather: warm

Ran a nice 9m hilly circuit. I had intended to run strictly on trail, but couldn't find my headtorch... Very foggy and quite eerie when an airbus appeared suddenly on its approach to Leeds Bradford!

After the initial shock of running rather than cycling, my legs settled down and I actually felt quite strong. Will run again tomorrow (prob. 10m), and then again on Tues, Wed and a very light run on Thursday, resting on Saturday.

Wednesday is the annual Ilkley Incline - a mile of pure uphill torture! I'm looking to beat last year's time of 10:11, then hopefully run the 7m home across Ilkley Moor.

Friday, 29 August 2008

First clubrun for ages

Route: 7m, trail, hilly
Weather: warm and muggy

Ran with the club for the first time in ages. Thought a week on the bike would have me racing away from the pack, but what with the strict meat and carbohydrate diet, I was feeling decidedly heavy and sluggish. Just about kept up though and enjoyed the run out. Some work to do on next week's 40 miler :$

Thursday, 21 August 2008


Check the other blog at Cycle 08

Monday, 18 August 2008

cycle preparation and some running

I haven't been too much in the way of running over the last few days, but I have been doing some cycling in preparation for my upcoming trip to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Did manage a 12 mile run home from Leeds today though. Tired at the end of it as it was quite muggy, but enjoyed the run. Will cycle again tonight and tomorrow (with a run tomorrow too) and then rest on Wednesday before the trip begind Thursday.

Friday, 15 August 2008


Route: 6m, road, one hill
Weather: Clear, 14C

Ran the same route as last night albeit a bit slower. Tight muscles and tender outer right knee by end. Stretched and feels ok now. Will rest it tomorrow.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Summer Bike Trip

Got the bike packed up for the Summer Cycle Trip which, for me begins early next Thursday. I know, I know early to be getting packed, but I just couldn't wait. I love that time packing up for a trip, getting everything loaded on etc. Something primitive is stirred...! Decided on 4 more evenly spaced panniers this year rather than two rammed ones at the back. Feels good on a quick ride around the block - we'll see how wonderful it feels after 230 miles!

Here is an outline of the route:

Day a - Otley to Kendal 59.6 miles

Day 1 (Meet the others) - Kendal to Ousby 42.29 miles

Day 2 - Ousby to Melkridge 42.29 miles

Day 3 - Melkridge to Harbottle 31.14 miles

Day 4 - Harbottle to Berwick upon Tweed 55.89 miles

Wednesday, 13 August 2008


Route: 6m, road, one good hill
Weather: Ideal, slight drizzle, 15C

Nice to be back running again. Easy 6m loop down to Pool and back.

Monday, 11 August 2008

La France en courant

Just back from a wonderful 2 week stay in La Creuse region of France. Both the areas I stayed in were great for running. Below is my running diary from the two weeks and a few photos:

26/07 14km, mainly trails through farm and woodland. Opprtunities to see deer and red squirrells and also meet some less than friendly dogs!

27/07 14km, same circuit but this time armed with a squirty drink bottle for the dogs who were waiting for me this morning! Worked a treat - doubt they'll be back!

28/07 10km, beginning of same route but aborted half way as running partner that morning did some ankle damage. Ran back from half way on a hilly road. Good quick 10km. (no dogs today!!)

30/07 14km usual circuit plus a 23km cycle in the heat later on.

31/07 10km trail and road up to a statue of the Virgin Mary at the top of some rocks. Great spot with some great views.

02/08 The first circuit + the added on section to Roches, about 20km I think.

05/08 23km - A circuit of Lac de Vassiviere (mainly undulating road). Such a beautiful lake.

06/08 8km Chemin des poets, a hilly trail near the lake.

08/08 9km Trail from the Gite at Royere de vassiviere. Good fast run apart from getting chased of of some farmland by an angry farmer - there were no signs...honest!

The trails were quite hard to find sometimes
Half way, Chatelus Malvaleix
The Lake at Chatelus
Back into Folbeix
The Virgin Mary at Roches
Map of Lac de Vassiviere

The start of Le Chemin des poetes
On the way up Le chemin des poetes
768m and the highest point around the lake
Some great opportunities for cross-training too!