Training Diary – Day 689

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An early start today to get to this event – about 55miles away. Had to be there early so to pick up my race/bib number – #145 and to meet up with the others from the #WidnesRunningClub – six of us in total, all out to conquer the hills.

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We traveled to the location in different cars, but met up outside the main car park area. The Ladies traveled together and I’m sure they took the scenic route. Me, I was in ‘Wacky-Races’ mode as I needed to shoot off straight after the event – going to Liverpool to Referee.

#Fiona, #Penny, #Stuart, #Jim, #Kerry & #Me

The course was identified to us a few weeks ago as being ‘fairly flat with a small hill or two’ ….   don’t know who told us that but they were most definitely wrong.

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This is the actual route we took – as you can see there was a small hill or two and also some pretty bigger hills to battle over. I have to admit, running up hills is a challenge that I like attempting and often include steady hill running in my training. But today’s course was as challenging as I have ever attempted.

I’ve got to say though, everyone from our little club did themselves proud – from New PB times through to personal challenges of ‘Beating the Hills.’ So a massive show of respect to #Fiona, #Penny, #Stuart, #Jim, #Kerry and a credit to our club.

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Each and every one of us ‘Earned’ this medal today.

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Afterwards it was on to my next physical activity of the day – Refereeing on the WPL in Liverpool, and a mad dash to get to the ground in time.

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I managed to get to the game in time and despite feeling quite tired and a little heavy in the legs, I officiated the game well. I eventually completed another 11.2km running within the match and that really did use up the last of my energy reserves – ended up using the last few dextros tablets on the journey home.

Today my #FitBit STEPS reached over 38,000+ and that meant I’d done over 200,000 STEPS for the week.

Now it is time to just chill before my first day back at work tomorrow. This week I have completed 8 runs and a total distance of 75km – not including my refereeing today. This has been the hardest training week for me in the past 8 weeks – usually running 40km-45km per week.

All this extra training is good preparation for next weekend’s Helsby HM – a nice treat to look forward to after today’s efforts.

 

 

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