Monday, December 04, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Curious Incident Of The Cramp In The Nigh-Time

By 'eck did the cramp ever strike last night and of all the places - ssshh, no, keep it clean - my left shin! What is that all about? And how does one even stretch the muscles in the shin area? No, I don't know either. With a calf cramp, it's pretty easy to stretch out. The shin? Not so easy. Cue fifteen minutes of pain, trying to use Jedi mind tricks to relax in the hope that the muscle tension would ease. Thankfully it did.

Anyway, today, just like Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, I was achin' all over - did you see what I did there? My quads and hamstrings are stiff and aching. Must've been a good workout yesterday.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Nice Morning Out In The Mountains

It was over to the far side today, my favourite area of the Black Mountains, for the Fan Brycheiniog fell race - but don't panic, I wasn't racing. I was marshalling at checkpoint one, Fan Brycheiniog summit.

I set off from the race HQ at the Tafan-y-Garreg Pub - a lovely little pub, serving good food and the availability of camping, making it a great base for a day out in the mountains - with what I thought would be plenty of time to get up to the summit. As it turned out, it was plenty of time, but not before I had a few moments of panic, thinking I was going to do a Finch and not make it to my position in time for the first runners. Having averted doing a Finch, I sat down at the trig, taking in the views to await the runners.

It wasn't too long before the runners started to arrive and it wasn't too much longer after that that they'd all gone through the summit on their way to checkpoint two and beyond. With my work done I packed up and headed back down.

I decided to cut down from the top ridge to follow and run with the race on the path below the ridge, joining the race route just after the checkpoint at Llyn y Fan Fawr. I put in a good effort on the way down for a decent 6k run. (The 6k on the way up was more of a brisk walk, if you were interested).

A good days training and it's always nice to give a little back to the race scene. My calf muscles are a little stiff now. I put that down to the brisk walk up followed by being sat down in the cool conditions to marshal followed by getting straight up and running back down without re-warming up.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


All I did was walk up a small mountain. Stood around for two hours. Received the occasional dib - ooh er misses - from the runners as they reached my checkpoint - not a euphemism, and then jogged back down again. I feel surprisingly whacked.

I was impressed by the very effective simplicity of the electronic wizardry used to record the runners through the checkpoints. Namely, rfid wristbands and an android phone with nfc. The app worked really well and I was able to see when the runners went through all the checkpoints and not just my own. It was also possible to watch the race unfold in real time on the web - for those not wanting to venture into the mountains.

Hopefully, I'll manage a run of my own tomorrow.... 

Friday, August 18, 2017

All Set Four My Tour of Fan Llia Tomorrow...

Where I'm marshalling at check point three of the Four Fans Fell Race. To be fair, it won't really be much of a tour. Pretty much straight up. Wait to see all the runners through the summit and then back down again. The forecast looks okay but I'm never one to rely on that so I'll be taking up one of my lightweight tents just in case. I quite enjoy the odd spot of marshalling so it should be fun.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Loop Of The Village

With the thigh soreness but a distant memory, I decided to re-run last Sunday's route. A loop of the village taking in Hobbs Quarry. It didn't feel any easier but thankfully it was a little quicker by 80s.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

No Run Today

My right thigh is a little sore, so I chose not to run. It's not too bad, but I knew it would affect my stride and that's when proper injury happens. I would have liked to keep the momentum going, but you've got to be sensible.

Instead, I put in a 45 minute bike session and the thigh is feeling okay now. So I'm aiming to get back on the bull, take the horse by the horns and go for another run tomorrow...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Crabtree Hill

To be fair, today's run passed through multiple sections of the Forest but Crabtree Hill was the most memorable on account that it was the bit I ran the most feebly on. For the most part the rest of the run was okay. My right thigh was aching a little by the end but nothing a months rest won't cure - just kidding. I do, however, have a mountain to climb in order to regain some semblance of my former self.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Speech House Walk

Although I did manage to go a little faster than walking pace..It was a pretty good run on a reasonably flat course. I'm conscious of keeping to the flatter routes at the moment on the grounds that I can't face to be demoralised by walking on ascent that I shouldn't be reduced to walk on.

Anyway, so I've got a few days off work hence the late morning run today and I'm using them to try and get some "running" done. Tomorrow I'm aiming to head across the road from today's run for a loop north of Speech House Walk in the Mime Bungalow Jog section of the Forest...

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Meat Feast Pizza Treat

Ooh, I surely do know how to live. So it has been another lack lustre week. I've managed a few bike sessions and a go on the treadmill along with today's real run around the village. As a treat, for tea, I'll be cooking up a meat feast of beef meatball, bacon, peppers and spicy scotch bonnet topped with creamy mozzarella all on a sourdough base. The dough is proving as I sit back and watch the women's marathon at the worlds. Living the dream...

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Ol' Recycling Run...

Yes, with a sizeable collection of recycling ready it was the day to be sending it on its merry way over at Broadwell and it's a little known fact - I think it might even be an ancient Forest Bylaw - that you're supposed to stop off and run the Cannop Ponds/Nagheads Planation loop before heading home. Not wanting to break any ancient Forest Bylaws, I capitulated.

It's quite a nice loop as loops go and I managed to round the course two minutes quicker than last time out. That isn't to say it was quick but it was enjoyable enough and I don't think I struggled quite as badly this time although I was puffing on the inclines. Come to think of it, I was puffing on the flat and downhills as well.

Anyway, I can't talk now, I've got some charts to examine and some data to analyse...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Almost Felt A Twinge Of Enthusiasm...

...only almost though. I was perusing my run data on after another trundle - as you do. As a mathematician I somewhat like a nice data table with a few graphs thrown in for good measure of course. The charts on smashrun provide so much meaningless crap that I almost want to go for another run just to get my fix of charty goodness. The thing which draws me in the most are the ranking charts. They might just afford me a focus...