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Rockin the Ridgeway Pictures

Some pictures from the Ridgeway 40, mostly the first half. The runners in white tops are my friends Paul (black shorts) and Ian (blue shorts), and there’s 1 shot of me running up a hill (black long-sleeved top and black shorts). Glynn, the guy running in Huarache sandals is in picture 7.

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Not Too Cold for February

I’ll soon be running hard again – I’ve got a hilly off-road training run around Bath on Monday – but in the meantime, as I near the end of my resting period, I had a lovely walk today with a few people from my church.

We set off up Hinton Downs, the same bridleway I ran up in my post, Downs Dash. It did not feel like May, hence the title of this post, but at least it wasn’t raining and most of the going was very good (only a few muddy bits). We walked down into Bishopstone and found a lovely pub, the Royal Oak, which I will definitely return to with my wife, Cath for a romantic lunch. We then returned via a different bridleway to our cars. A good way to get some fresh air.

I took some pictures:

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Fun in the Sun

Mr Blue Sky, please tell us why
You had to Hide away for so long

It was lovely to get out under a warm sun today, over the downs to The Ridgeway, even if it was only about 5 miles.

Nuff said.

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Pain in the Rain

I had a 20 miler around the lanes with my friend Matt this morning. The weather was wet and breezy, and my legs got pretty sore by the end.

Rule #5 and #9 obeyed!

The push to the Kent Coastal Marathon in September has begun. 🙂

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Back to Back – the Future

I’d definitely recommend back to back tough runs to really condition the legs, body and mind. I woke up feeling rather sore in the quads and calves this morning, as you would expect, but still happy as a sandboy after the weekend.

I got in a 3-4 mile run today, south from Overton Hill, following The Ridgeway south away the start of the ‘official’ National Trail, up to Wansdyke. The soreness kept me slow, but it was still a great way to spend some time. I could see for miles from up were The Ridgeway joined Wansdyke, with good views of the Lansdowne Monument on Cherhill Down and Morgan’s Hill.

Cool.

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Just in Case I Think I’m Having a Tough Time of it…

My legs were tired after the Hastings Half, and I do some pretty tough stuff, but I like stories like the one linked to through this picture to keep my sufferings in perspective.

Give Me Something to Pull With

I did probably my shortest ever run on Tuesday – about 2 miles because that’s all I had time for.

Yesterday I had a nice chatty 9 miler around the local lanes with Geoff.

Today I had a sublime 10 or 11 miles on the downs near Baydon, Wiltshire and part of The Ridgeway. Yet more sunshine, although a cool stiff breeze blew on parts of the run. It’s a route that I’ve been sussing for a while, and now I’ve worked all the parts out, I’m really pleased. It’s nearly all off road and the road it does use is extremely quiet.

This weekend I’m doing a 15 mile fell race on Saturday, the Llanbedr to Blaenafon, and a 16 mile trail race, the Combe Gibbet, on Sunday. Definitely time to taper then!

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Terminator Video

The race I did at the end of February, that is, not the killer robot from the future.

Track, Field & Road did a video feature of The Terminator on their website. The bog sequence is fun. I am very proud of my bog crossing: I don’t quite know how I managed it, I must have trod on the back of an unconscious runner. I cross the stream at about 10:15, just after the commentator says, “That’s a great one in the middle there,” make to go over the crossing on my right, then dither and decide to pass on my left instead. I must have been very lucky :mrgreen:

See – http://www.trackfieldandroad.tv/?v=bGQN3q9dOg0t4a6MDdEgjg==

Call me Legolas 😆

Check out the last person out of the bog, shot closer up: he has quite a time of it.

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