Monthly Archives: October 2013

Magical Moonlight Run

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About a mile and a half into the run, we stopped and switched our head torches off. A flock of geese were hooting quietly to each other as they flew overhead and I am sure I could hear their wings beating. We had got to the White Lady at the top of the campsite ascent and so were surrounded by the hills of Hayfield which loomed gently out of the darkness.

All your senses are heightened by the lack of visibility, The air was really warm and soft – amazing for October. I could feel all the different textures underfoot much more sharply. The tarmac of the road, giving way to the earth and mulch under the trees and then the squidgy paths through the forest moving onto the much rockier and stony trail.

As we came up past Booth Farm, the black pony in the field snorted and trotted up to see what was going on and had a little nuzzle with the dogs, Billy the Running Dog and Teddy the Terrier.  Their eyes caught in the headtorches  were a demonic green above lolling tongues.

And the running was so easy. Perhaps for the first time ever, I physically enjoyed the feeling of running and felt like it was natural for me. I could feel myself moving easily and smoothly.

What a joyful experience.

Fighting the slump

“When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself, is not easily done.”

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Last week, the slump definitely hit. I don’t know if it is just getting back down to it after the excitement of the long run, or the drawing in of the nights, or the realisation of just how much I have to do, that is the problem, but there is no doubt about it – the slump has hit.

In terms of training, I went with a regular schedule with just one less run than usual due to time: Monday: Weights, Tuesday: Hot Yoga, Run. Wednesday: Weights, run, pilates. Thursday: Pilates, weights, spin. Friday: Weights. Saturday: Long run – 23km on the hills. Sunday: rest.

And I got through it all. I felt like I was shirking a bit on my weekday runs though, as there were only two and they were short. The long one at the weekend saved me from feeling it was a wasted week. A good effort over the hills of the Peak, a good distance and plenty of time on the legs.

Maybe it was because I didn’t take a full rest day last Sunday but did a big hike as friends were over. Anyway whatever the reason, every day was a bit of a struggle.

So. this week, I am going to focus on getting longer runs in and getting that mojo back. Onwards and upwards!

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