I’ve been running a regular route through the Porter Valley and up to the Oxstones on the boundary of the Peaks for the best part of ten years, and this last weekend, I ran a PB on it. At least, I think I did. I’m fairly sure I’d never dipped under thirty one minutes before until Saturday’s 30:15 effort. I don’t write this stuff down. Of course, I could go back through my training ‘log’, but that’s just an accumulation of numbers made up from three or four different watches over a period of several years, with few (if any) reference … Continue reading
The past few months have seen Sheffield hit by some gorgeously hot weather. But all of that comes with extra challenges when racing and training. The high temperatures can create havoc as your body tries to compensate and ends up losing excess water and salts. It is especially difficult when the warm weather arrives suddenly and your body doesn’t have the chance to adjust before a big race. My first challenge in this hot weather was Barnoldswick Weets, an English Champs short in absolute scorching conditions. The weather had come out of nowhere so I hadn’t had chance to … Continue reading
I’ve always loved the way that racing challenges you to get out of your comfort zone. Whether that be due to the physical demands or strains on mental resolve. I got a full throttle reminder of this at the recent Cortina Skyrace. Situated in the Italian Dolomites, the Skyrace starts out from the centre of town in a carnival atmosphere along the main street. Quickly, it’s out onto the smaller streets on the outskirts of town…then the race really begins!! 7 miles of climbing spread across two sustained efforts with perhaps a mile of undulating terrain in-between to ‘recover’. With … Continue reading
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