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Carl - speedy reps there well done. You're right about the cold. It makes breathing tough.
Carter - enjoy the snow in the peaks. What camera did you get?
I got a Nikon D3100 for Chrimbo. Also my first proper camera. Also not good on manual settings but I've bought a book all about it! Getting some great shots on auto It's a bit big to run with though.....
I am thinking about getting his waist pack which comes highly recommended - http://trailandultrarunning.com/clik-elite-sprint-dslr-waist-pack-review/. You can pick it up on ebay for about £35 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clik-Elite-Sprint-Waist-Pack-Breathable-Padded-Waist-Belt-Blue-CE614BU-/320937407553?pt=US_Camera_Cases_Bags&hash=item4ab95c3441
Snow last night and woke up to a couple of inches (ooh err missus) but not as much as forecast; maybe thats on the way later. I managed to get out earlyish this morning for 8.6 miles @ 10:25. It was tricky in places underfoot but not too bad really. The couple of hills I took in that were offroad were really hard going as you will see if you look at my run - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/263243706. It was foggy and snowy so couldnt take any photos, plus it was pitch black ! When the wind blew it was really cold and breathing was difficult so I pulled my snood up over my nose and mouth and that made breathing difficult too ! Oh well, a few more miles in the bank. I didnt see anybody at all but did see some sheep, grouse, a squirrel, some chickens in a farm, a rabbit (but that was lying in the middle of the road !) and some horses. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Stay warm everyone
That pack looks cool. Let me know how you get on. Like you I love running off road on the trails. I also like walking (I know it's boring) and cycling so that would come in mega handy. My camera bag is shite.
Carl - just read your post on Cheerful Dave's thread. As you said, I would aim for 3:45 for the minute and see how the long runs go and the MO sections in long runs. Your speed suggests faster than 3:45 but you may well be like a lot of blokes and have loads of speed with shite endurance!
Well staying safe is the main thing. I went up Kinder Scout once. A big peat bog at the top from what I remember that people could easily get stuck in!....
I suspect just going out the front door dressed in running gear is excitment enough.
Temperatures are going to hover around -1 C here tonight and should be at 0 C by 9am.
So I am thinking that I will go for it and take it real slow. Let you know in the morning.
Snow will make it harder. Or are your legs tired? Did you plan to do 10.5 miles?
Carl - that's awesome, well done. Milk is the best recovery drink, or if you're a fatty like me then chocolate milk
Carter - could be the snow, or could be fatigue. Don't panic or anything. Can you adjust your schedule and make this your drop back week? Have an easy day tomorrow and get back into it on Monday. When I say easy, I mean either 2-4 miles slow or nothing.
Do them as normal, just reduce the long run, and maybe the mileage on other runs, especially a medium long run. Never reduce the pace though. Pointless.
Good work Carl. All is going well for you. Enjoy the recovery week. Don't do too little though.
I ran 10 miles this morning!
Tut tut, I don't know....
I generally err on the side of caution. You'll probably be fine. As you say, rest day tomorrow.