Monday. Start of another week, with thoughts of a 5 mile race in 7 days time. But still fresh in the mind is yesterday's undulating 10 miler. As I wrote, probably my slowest 10 ever on the road. A major dent for the confidence even factoring in the heat, ceratinly mid 20s late morning and the roller coaster route.
We're not in a rush to get home particularly so head off on the trail behind us hoping I'll feel up to at least 4 maybe more.
Straight ahead is the Troutbeck Tongue. If I reach that far it'll be a 6 which would be a reasonable start to the week.
The very stony uneven trail isn't great for weary limbs but is at least a lot drier than the autumn winter months when water pours off the slopes to the right.
The will is saying keep on going and make it a 6; but the body is saying don't climb any more, turn back and make it a 5! Mind overcomes matter and at the next gate I turn back for home.
So a weary 5 but better than last Monday which was only 2 testing the strain at the top of the right leg which seems to have cleared up but may rear it's ugly head when I try to run fast later this week.
Hope you all survived the brief English summer we enjoyed at the weekend. I'm sure a lot of you compromised your training plans. Well done to those who didn't and survived and of course those who ran the Edinburgh marathon!
I must credit today's photos ........check out Dave and Edith Brown's Walks On The Lakeland Fells. (Troutbeck Tongue Walk) I wish I could say I'd taken them but not so!