Sunday, it was the 10 miler on the very quiet lane up and down LONGSLEDDALE, one of the most "secret" areas on the fringe of the Lake District, north of Kendal Sparsely visited but offering a really atractive backdrop for a run, with just the occasional vehicle to cope with ( just 5 in the 10 miles) occasional walkers and being a "no through road" no cyclists as we "experience" in Wharfedale.
It's often said we learn something from every run we do. I learn continually that the longer the run the better the pace. Sunday morning's run started , albeit uphill, with a 9.38 minute slog but reassuringly improved over the following, undulating 4 miles, just as I was consoling myself with the lack of pace by enjoying the marvellous scenery.
Turning in 44.51 and despite coping with a strong chilly headwind, something seemed to suddenly click and another gear was found with an 8.05, 8.19, 8.15,8.08 and a final effort of 7.29. Two minutes faster than the first!. A very pleasing 40.19 on the way back. So, a sound 10, minutes faster than 10 on the canal last week and completed in less favourable conditions. A quite pleasing end to the week which saw another 44 miles in the bank.
A ten miler which certainly calls for a search for a decent half marathon or two in the second half of the year. Perhaps I should consider a return to Amsterdam which couldn't be any flatter. Other recommendations welcome!
In contrast to this "secret" part of the lakes, today we revisited one of the lake District's most popular little gems, TARN HOWS, situated in the hills between Ambleside and Consiston.
I had it in my mind that it was about 3 miles around and planned to do a couple of circuits; but it turned out to be just 1.7 and a bit of "padding" was needed to make it a 5.
Despite the damp, overcast conditions the National Trust car park (£4 for 2 hours!) had few vacant spots. I think running around on a warm, sunny day might have been a lot more problematic.
The camera was passed back for a couple of shots of the foxgloves which are prevalent in the area. These enjoy great over to the Langdales....through the low cloud.........