Well here we are again. Two weeks after the last blog with a target of beating 19m28 per mile, achieved last time. An absolutely gorgeous day 18’C sun shining and a great day for walking… and a bloody awful days for Tabbing or Speed marching. Compared to the previous few weeks that were around 12’C today was a real war of attrition. The heat just took the energy out of me so quickly. I took 2L of water in the camel back and another 1L in a bottle as back up knowing that I was only going to do 9 miles.
Still up the same route to Corn Du from the Storey Arms, then Pen Y Fan,
Decended down immediatly to the left for a further 2 miles, turn around and head back. This was the last week of doing this route following the path to the centre of the picture and on for another mile before the turn around a climb back.
In two weeks time I’ll do 11 miles going to the right off Pen Y Fan , heading down , keeping to the right of Fan Y Big and left of the water.
My Ascent work is still coming on painfully slow. They say the only way to prepare for this is Hill work and its absolutely right. Three minutes quicker to Pen Y Fan this week, but I felt significantly more tired in the legs. The Sciatica was playing up so that will need to get fixed by the Physio and a few needles. It wasn’t easy to stomp up the hill when you have pins and needles in the left leg.
The return journey was tough and the scramble back up to Pen Y Fan was no different, but the mental fitness is kicking in, in that I’m not giving up whereas before it was easy to take the break when the heart, lungs and legs were burning.
A quick look at where the run will be heading off Pen Y Fan in two weeks time before heading down the Brecon path to the left of Corn Du. This was the usual run, with brakes on to avoid tuning over the ankles on the rocks. So very close to the feet blistering in three places, but thanks to some vaseline around all the toes and around the ball of the feet before putting on twin layer socks I avoided blisters for the first time.
Out of the car park to turn right up to the Storey Arms car park and I was well and truly knackered but in at 19m 09s per mile ( 20 seconds per mile quicker than last time), but after a beautiful Mr Whippy Ice cream I felt better and ready to go again….In two weeks time that is 🙂
Only 5 training weeks before the Summer edition of the Fan dance hosted by Avalanche Endurance Events so It will be a 10 mile Load bearing forest run next week end then back here to try a different route.
By the Way, 18’C and arduous exercise meant I had fully depleted by 2L camel back. So the minimum 3L that the Directing Staff at Avalanche Endurance has specified would certainly be a minimum for me.
One last thing, There is still time to sponsor me for the event. If you wish to see the charity and donate please feel free to check out my page at :