Sunday run: Far and away, by @steevc
16.083 km
89 minutes
April 26, 2020

I was determined to do a longer run today and that is why I did not run yesterday as I wanted to save my legs. I was aiming for 15km and it ended up a little longer. It is a glorious morning and it soon warmed up.

I started by heading to Fairfield as I usually do and then forked off towards the parkrun course. This means getting the big climbs out of the way early on. I actually did okay with those and was able to keep going on the steeper one. There were a lot of people out walking this morning and so I had to give them some space.

Heading away from the Grange towards Norton it is more downhill and so I could pick up a bit of speed. I was hoping for around 5:40min/km and I was mostly hitting that as the little voice in my earbuds told me. I was listening to podcasts as usual and had This Week In Google, Radiolab, Ubuntu Podcast and Stack Overflow.

I went around the northern side of Stotfold and picked up a track I had not used before that joined with the network across the fields near Etonbury. There were lots more people around there, including some runners. I seem to be using the Kingfisher Way past Dove House a lot lately and today was no exception.

By the time I got back to Arlesey I was ready to take the shortest route home. That meant one more climb up House Lane before coasting down the High Street.

I only had half a banana before I set off, so I was ready for a late breakfast. I did not actually sleep so well last night, but I feel okay now. Got a few chores to do today.

Have a great day and stay well.





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@exhaust:

You have uploaded 125 running activities, and 5 of them have been of similar distances (within 10 percent)! Here are your 5-fastest running activities of a similar distance:

Over these 5 similar activities, you have travelled approximately 76.00 kms at an average pace of roughly 5:46 min/km! Your latest run was at a pace of approximately 5.578min/km! Looks like you went a bit faster than usual this time! Nice work! Have a !BEER for your troubles!


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@revisesociology:

Great effort on no breakfast!

But it makes my 14K effort just now look a bit lame!

How do you find those last few KMs? I find my left thigh starts aching in a funky way after 12Ks, it’s a real effort to keep good form.

It’s fine after btw, just during it’s not pleasant. It might sort itself if I do a few more longer runs.

I’m aiming for a half marathon before the end of May, fancy it?

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@steevc:

I seemed to do okay throughout. Breathing was good and legs kept going, but they were tiring. I did contemplate going on for a full half, but I need to be better rested for that really and possibly have breakfast too. It will be interesting to see if I can stretch out my runs a bit more over the lockdown. It's an excuse to explore some more.

I was due to do a half next weekend, so I may do my own. I'm wary of shouting it too much in case some do-gooder decides I'm breaching the guidelines. Someone mentioned that their local papers were ratting people out by checking on Strava. I can see plenty of others are out around here. For some of my segments there were lots of others just today. Staying fit whilst keeping your distance cannot be that bad.


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@cryptictruth:

I’m jealous I was out yesterday and had to dodge a car rolling my ankle. I can’t even walk today. Be careful and enjoy the runs.

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@steevc:

Sorry to hear that. I didn't have to cross many roads on my run. There are just not many cars around anyway recently.


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@natubat:

I've recently started running again, as I can't do my usual hillwalking or climbing. I'm doing the NHS Couch to 5K programme, which is brilliant. Yesterday I did my first 20-min jog in years - about 2.5km. I feel broken today! The idea of running 16km seems incredible. And I thought I was pretty fit with my hillwalking and climbing!

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@steevc:

When I started running a few years hack 2km would leave me worn out for an hour afterwards and maybe still aching the next day. Just keep chipping away at it and you will amaze yourself. I still haven't quite worked up to a full marathon though.


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@runningproject:

Nothing can stop a consistent Runner. @runningproject

Resteemed by @runningproject

...and enjoy a good recovery !BEER


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@neuerko:

Congrats!

Stay safe and hope you have a great day.


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@stav:

Good pace and distance Steve. You are looking really well.

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@steevc:

I was pretty happy with it. It obviously does me good.


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@bozz:

Dang! Good for you! That is pretty awesome! That is more than half my morning commute to work! I was able to get out and do a couple miles walk both days this weekend. I think we are heading out in a little bit to do our Monday walk. We have to be careful because as soon as we say the word "walk" our dog goes nuts!

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@steevc:

It does seem a long way and I could not have done that a few years back. One of these days I need to try a full marathon.