Monday, 1 August 2011

good long run

First thing this morning I left home for a 33 mile run.  The idea was not to push the pace too much but to generally run how I felt.

The route from Otley took in Burley in Wharfedale, Menston, Guiseley, Shipley, Saltaire, Leeds Liverpool Canal, Kirkstall, Headingley and Bramhope.

So basically the first and last thirds were hilly but the middle section was flat.

I felt very good throughout, finishing at lunchtime in 4h 40 with plenty in reserve.  The weather today was excellent but a little warm.  Overall I lost over 3.3 kg in weight (7.4 lbs) ... over 5.7% of my bodywight.  An excellent run showing that I'm in good shape at the moment with eight weeks to go.

A couple of interesting sights en route:  when running between Headingley and Bramhope two or three large lorries passed me carrying a 'wall of death'.  Never having seen one of those motorcycle acts I did wonder where it was going but I haven't been able to find out.

Also, a part of the canal towpath near Kirkstall was closed and there was a heavy police presence which included a diversion using a nearby farmer's field.  Fay later told me that she'd heard that a cyclist had been found unconscious in the water.

A few hours after arriving home I got the bike out for an hour or so and later tonight I have some stretching planned to keep me busy.

A good day's training.

ps ... thanks to all those who got in touch following my previous post.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff, I like your dedication to your 'hobbie'..But how do you manage to fit it all in, plus lead a 'normal' life? Do you not work?

Chris Carver said...

Well ... where to begin.

I work from home as a freelance writer which does tend to give as much training time as I need (luckily I suppose). Also, as I can survive quite happily on 5 hours sleep per night, I tend to do the writing at night.

But by far the most important thing in my life is an exceptionally supportive family. Among other things that means that if I need to not work for a week or more it isn't an issue.

Luckily we can manage on one income anyway.

I guess one thing that most top sports people have in common is dedication and a couple of well used phrases have just sprung to mind at this point: 'just do it' and 'whatever it takes'.

Matt said...

New Zealand Team
Matt Bixley
Wayne Botha
Alex McKenzie
Bryan McCorkindale

Val Muskett

Looking forward to it, maybe. :-)

Matt said...

New Zealand Team
Matt Bixley
Alex McKenzie
Wayne Botha
Bryan McCorkindale

Val Muskett

should be another good battle :-)