After a good track session yesterday on top of a fairly hard week the plan today was to nudge the "long" run
up to 13 but not be constantly looking at the garmin for pace. Just cover the distance nice and relaxed without putting pressure on calves and hamstrings delicate after yesterday. Checked out the local church flag as usual and saw the wind was blowing strong N.E. so plumpted for a Silsden start heading into the wind on the canal to 5 Rise locks. Heavy rain on the drive over and for the 1st mile but with laminated tights on and seamed Goretex jacket on anticipated no problems. As they say there's no such thing as bad weather....just bad clothing! How wrong was I?
After just 1.5 miles I met an an oncoming dogwalker who said I wouldn't reach the canal as the narrow lane was under water. I ran to check though and found there was 18" of water covering the road. The work done a few months ago by the council hadn't worked it would seem. Decided to wade through and stick to the plan.
Danced through puddles most of the way there after and of course 40 metres of wading up to my knees in the last mile, but covered the 13 at "easy" pace (2 minutes above race pace) to give me 56 miles on the week. Having shed other running commitments the last 6 weeks have gone really well with weeks of 50,50,
51,56,56 and 56. Next decision is whether to run the Guys 10 or nudge the season's 5K time down again.