Monday, 10 October 2011

CurlyWurly Heaven

Ampleforth 7 was the second race in as many weeks after what seems like yonks off from proper racing. The combination of a gammy leg and new-job-syndrome have taken their toll this summer. [That and being trapped in a Chewy Soft Chocolate Heaven; I've now developed a CurlyWurly dependency having rediscovered the childhood treat at a garage en route to work]. But, the cross country last week brought home the realisation that there's no more time for excuses and some serious training and racing is needed. This tidy and low key race was another chance to toughen up this ageing boot and get some hard tempo miles in the legs.



The drive over took us past the beautiful Byland Abbey. There was much quaintness to be seen roadside as we ambled our way north for a very civilised lunchtime start. The trail race starts in the grounds of the great Ampleforth college; a famously posh school with expansive grounds and sports fields to die for. The course undulates around the forest overlooking Yearsley and offered little respite as we scrambled doggedly up the trails and stumbled the muddy descents. The course took us up and down, right and left, mostly on foot but sometimes on butt - the aptly name 'chute' descent spat many of the more tentative footed out in a soggy heap at the bottom. 

Byland Abbey
I ran hard if not very fast, enough to call it a tempo effort and sufficient to win the ladies race and place 5th overall in a smallish field. M finished a place in front, leading the field for parts of the race but feeling a bit too tired and heavy legged to keep up the pace of the earlier miles. The race was a welcome break from the usual Sunday long run. The drop in mileage provided a timely ease down before a return to some hard miles again this week. I've now entered a few more events; encouraged that the racing pain will dull as the weeks go by. I'm starting to enjoy the mud, the rain and the wind again. Hello autumn! 

This week in trainers...

DAYAMPM
MONDAYREST7M @ EASY
TUESDAYRESTINTERVALS:
12X400M
WEDNESDAYREST
7M @ STEADY
THURSDAYREST5M @ STEADY
FRIDAYREST5M @ RECOVERY
SATURDAYREST5M WITH STRIDES
SUNDAYRACE: 7M TRAILREST

WEEKLY TOTAL50 MILES

3 comments:

  1. well done M!! and thanks rb, i'm now craving a curleywurly. keep up the miles:)

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  2. Well done to both of you for your excellent placings at Ampleforth. Seems you're racing back into top form. Keep it up.
    Never had a Curlywurly but seem to have developed a weakness for Bournville dark chocolate, four squares every evening with my bedtime glass of wine.

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  3. sounds like you've (re) discovered perfect race fuel going by your performance and placing..buy a box of them next time!

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