Post race ups & downs!

Following Sundays race, I took two days off work to share a little of the Lakes with my folks, as well as getting in a good day of training.

Monday we went for a recovery walk, taking my folks and Loki up and over their first fell, Loughrigg. Loki loves the water so was quick to get a swim in Rydal Water and any small tarn we came across. The views over Grasmere were great on a nice misty, moody, humid day.

Tuesday was my opportunity to test out some of my new kit for Nepal, including the alpine poles i'll be using. I was looking to maximise my ascent and descent as usuall and had to get back to my car, so decided to tackle three peaks, each new to me.

First up was Helvelyn, 8km and 762m +/-. The legs felt surprisingly fresh so it was a quick up and down and onto Blencathra.

My route up Blencathra was less simple. Following what I now understand to be the parachute descent in the Bob Graham round, I ended up scrambling over a narrow ridge with huge drops either side. Turns out i'm not great with heights, so focused on keeping moving and was relieved to reach the top. Another 9km and 725m +/-.

Finally onto Skiddaw. It's a simple if not steep but well established path to Skiddaw Little Man and onto the summit of Skiddaw itself. The alpine poles definitely helped on the climbs, saving your back as well as easing the burden on your legs. Not sure I've got the technique down on descents, but practice makes perfect. Another 10km and 810m +/-.

Approx 27km in the legs and 2297m +/- for the day, ending a fantastic few days in the Lake District.

A big thanks to Phil Macdonald at Sports Therapy Liverpool for a great post race/training legs refresher. Much needed following the weekend ready for the final month of training.

Thanks for all the support and recent donations. Only 5 weeks to go now! Hopefully there will be the opportunity to get some more social training runs, I'll certainly need the motivation to get out as autumn draws in.


Paul Martin