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.