My usual training regime has been a bit messed up this week because I postponed my long run until Monday and helped at the Bay to Bay Fun Run on Sunday. The pattern I prefer is recovery days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with quality sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Having missed the quality session yesterday I decided to run a little further and faster today and mapped out a 14km course with three tough climbs.
|There was no shortage of public footpaths and country lanes|
to run along when we lived in Chorleywood
Anyway, I set out on this morning's 14km at a good pace and was pleased to be able to maintain my momentum the whole way, including up the three significant hills, although I was getting tired by the end, and my right knee was quite painful at times. With a kilometre to go on an exposed road high above Copa, I was hit by a short and vicious rain squall which blew me all over the road and soaked me through. It was cold. During the run, I did detour a little way down the new trail I had identified on the map, but it was quite overgrown and wet. I decided to leave tackling its full length for another day.