Lockdown half marathon #5, by @steevc
21.525 km
124 minutes
Sept. 13, 2020

Today was my fifth in a series of monthly half marathons that I started when the one I was planning to compete in was cancelled. I can report that they do not get easier. I have tried to do a different route each time. I used a tool in Strava to map one out. It came out at around 20km, but I assumed I could find ways to extend it.

I had some cereal with fruit to give me some energy for the run. I started by taking the track past Champney's spa where I saw a rabbit. It is usually quite quiet up there, but I saw a fair few runners as I passed the fishing lakes. There was a lot of work with diggers going on there and it looks like they are having new fences. I noticed I was going a little quick there and made an effort to ease off a bit. At Langford I ran along the road for a short way and happened to see my better half on her way to the stables. Then it was onto another farm track that runs between fields. It was a bit windy at times.

I took a back road through Clifton to stay away from traffic, where I encountered a squirrel, and then it was past my kids' old school into Shefford. I realised I had run past the roundabout where I meant to take a different road, but did not go too far. The road out of Shefford is up a fairly big hill where I managed to keep the pace up.

I had to get across the busy main road, but there was a good break in the traffic. Then it was along a fairly narrow footpath by the road towards Henlow Camp. I worked there many years ago. As I went past the RAF base a large group of cyclists went past. Back on the country road a caught up with a lady jogger and went out into the road to give her plenty of space. There is no compulsion to wear masks when running, but I still try not to infringe on personal space. After following the road for a while it was back onto yet another farm track. The sewage works added to the country aromas. I was soon back on very familiar local territory as I took a long way around to the meadow by the river. By then my legs were really tiring and I slowed to a walk as I climbed the footbridge over the railway before getting back to a jog on the other side. Then it was just a matter of following the road through Arlesey to home. As I got near home I could see that I really needed to add another couple of kilometres, so I took a couple of loops around the block, which involves climbing a bit of a hill.

It is due to get fairly warm over the next few days, but it was nicely cool for my run. After a shower I am chilling out with a coffee whilst I type this up. At least I seem to recover fairly quickly these days.

I was trying out some new headphones that I will review soon. Part of my listening was an interview with singer/guitarist Molly Tuttle. I have just been listening to her album. She has a nice voice and does some cool covers.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Run free and stay well.





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@exhaust:

You have uploaded 190 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 109.39 kms at an average pace of roughly 5:45 min/km! Your latest run was at a pace of approximately 5.768min/km! Looks like you went a bit slower this time! Remember that it's important to take some rest days, and do some rehab / prehab / strength and conditioning training too! If you weren't intending to go slower, take a moment to listen to your body, and see if you need something. Check in with yourself!


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@rmsadkri:

Wow. Congratulations 🎊 and, look at those splits 👏👏. The pace is nice. Getting a half marathon done is an achievement.

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@steevc:

I didn't quite manage to get under 2 hours this time, but that's okay. Just being able to take on this distance feels good, but I could not have run much further today.

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@jeanlucsr:

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That's really impressive pace!

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@revisesociology:

I can report that they do not get easier.

Oh dear!

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@steevc:

Well at least I can get round it okay and it was only a little slower than last time. No back issues, but I got a few hip twinges. Nothing to really slow me down for now. The important thing is that I recover fairly quickly. I had to walk to the station after lunch with a guitar to get to a jam session and I felt okay.

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@tfeldman:

I've never been able to enjoy running, but I do love getting outdoors. Being out in nature is where it is at. I prefer to dig for treasure haha. Keep up the good work man!

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@steevc:

It's definitely not for everyone, but seems to suit me even though I came to it late. I have got to know my local area a lot better since I started.

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@bozz:

We don't wear masks when we go out to walk, but we try to keep a distance between us and the other people when we pass them as well. Especially because of our dog. It is a good tool to keep us separated anyway. Nice job on your run!

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@steevc:

We have to be sensible about these things. Masks are not magical things, but they have uses in reducing the spread, despite what some people say for their own political reasons.