Sunday, 14 February 2010

Buttermere Round

Not the high mileage nor big climbing week of late , but still a very good week , albeit 3 different runs.
Monday saw me having acupuncture on the knee again, still cant squat down on it, but at least its not stopping me from running, although I don't know what impact it will have on my mind if its still not fixed by May for my Bob Graham attempt, 15 or so hours in , it could be the excuse im looking for, hope not though.
On Tuesday night I did 9 hilly road miles around the streets of Penrith, and in all honesty I felt crap, maybe I was still recovering from all my climbing the week before.
Wednesday is club night, but this week me and Steve Bennett decided to do a night fell run instead.
Parked at Pooley Bridge and ran up to Loadpot and back. Fantastic night with clear sky's. Steve has at last brought some proper fell shoes  (looks like he is getting serious ) but they didn't stop him from taking his customary fall on the way down off Loadpot. Brilliant.
Thursday was a Parents evening, Friday was a night out and Saturday I was working which left Sunday......
I don't, quite know why I wanted to do this race.  Buttermere Round is a 21.5 mile road race organised by Keswick AC which starts at the Moot Hall in Keswick and goes over Honister Pass, down in to Buttermere and climbs up into Newlands and finishes back at Keswick. I think the reason I wanted to do it was because its the only race that I haven't done that Keswick organise.I normally describe a race, but this was just one long fast (for me) slog. It was good to see  Steve Angus though, who along with Iain Kelly, is pacing me on leg 3 on my bg attempt.  I was with Steve up to the top of Newlands, but his class showed in the last few miles and he easily beat me in the end, but none the less he was giving me plenty of encouragement up to that point, which he will no doubt be giving me again in May, at a much slower pace though!
Pleased with my time and position.
Roll on next Sunday when I can get back to some softer terrain, unless we decide to do another night run before.

1 comment:

Richard Airlie-Gilbert said...

Hope that knee improves. I know exactly what you mean about the "ready made excuse". It won't be if you don't let it (so I'm telling myself!)