Every year I receive emails from Help the Aged reminding me about the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K. Initially I think about the possibility of nudging down the year's best 10K time as so many seem to manage on the very fast course.....well done to those to whom that comment applies amd commiserations to those whose injuries prevented their taking part ( been there with the hamstring problem, Alan).....but then I think about the hassle of it all and the prospect of charging down Kirkstall road at 9.30 in the morning
and then press the delete button!
Instead we headed across Saturday afternoon for
another couple of nights up in the Lake District and whilst thousands were charging back down Kirkstall Road from the Abbey, Sunday a.m. we were driving up once more to Longsleddale north of Kendal for my up and down the valley 10 miler.
As we turned off the A6 heading down to the starting point at Garnett Bridge the view up the valley to the snow capped hills confirmed that the 5 miles out would be into a chilling, northly wind.
It wouldn't matter too much though as the plan today was not just to do another "steady" 10 rather to inject some pace into miles 6,7,8,9 for 4 miles of effort with a mile easy to finish. The wind behind hopefully working in my favour.
9.40 9.18 9.15 9.10 9.24
Quite reminiscent of past Saturday morning's when friends and I ran the out and back Beamsley Bash just a few years ago. The "young ones" would generally leave me for dead going out
(the rule was no regrouping!) and I would invariably shorten the gap on the return. The kind of run that has been missing from my training as I've tended to do 5K tempo runs on the track.
7.49 7.46 7.44 7.41
A pleasing reward for the effort. 4 miles all actually faster that the 1K reps on the track last Wednesday.
The new shoes had certainly not let me down!
It had been well worth driving out a few miles to be able to thrash out a reasonably flat road tempo run; especially as this narrow lane is not a favourite with big groups of cyclists as the Beamsley Bash from Ilkley out and back to the A59 was.