Long Runs & Gingerbread
After a rubbish first week off, this second holiday week has lived up to expectations a little better with loads of nice food, running and long sleeps. After my track flogging on Tuesday, M and I pootled around Leg 6 of the Calderdale Way by way of a recce on Wednesday; a relaxed off road run along with club mate Stewart M. We'll be both be running this with our Bingley team pairings in a couple of weeks and needed a bit of a refresher of the route.
The rest of the week has gone swimmingly, including a great return to some long running this morning, 17.5 miles clocked from home along the snow free roads in Ilkley. I managed 2 x 2 mile tempo intervals sandwiched in the run and felt pretty strong despite the frustrating loss of fitness these last few months. It's just so good to be running pain free again, I'd almost forgetten how enjoyable running is when you've no niggles. This afternoon was spent rustling up some post run fuel; home baked cakes for a bit of cosy weekend indulgence. I have a weakness for Starbuck's gingerbread loaf at this time of year, it's absolutely gorgeous and I found the recipe online. So naughty but very nice.