Long Mynd Valleys Recce 9/2/11

Not 100% sure I will have an entry for this race as, being a championship race that sold out very quickly, I didn't get onto the start list. But, I'm on a reserves list and I've agreed to turn up on the day. If there's a place I will run. If not, I will offer to help out.
So, just in case I get in, I thought it may be a good idea to remind my body how much climbing will be required of it in a few weeks.
I was out for four hours in the end. Some jogging, some walking and a couple of water stops. It was hard going but an enjoyable few hours in the hills.

Carding Mill Canter Fell Race

AS 5 miles 2000ft.
Methuselah came to mine and we popped over to Church Stretton for this enjoyable tough little race. It has a good mix of terrain and gradient to suit all runners.
The first race of the year, and having not made much of an effort to shed the Christmas pounds, I wasn't expecting a great performance. So, I decided just to plod round and make sure I enjoyed the race. Which I did.
Courtesy of Al Tye Fell Running Pictures
I came in just over 5 minutes slower than two years ago, which was the last time I did this race.
Next race next weekend. Hell Runner.

Wrekin run and hill sprints 31/1/11

Jog up and over the Wrekin. Down the other side to the foot of little hill. 4 sprints up little about 25 seconds each. Then with jelly like legs, jogged back round the south side to the car. Out for just over an hour. Didn't want to over do it as after that I drove to Kidderminster for a session of sparing.