Training this week has been very enjoyable indeed - mainly because of the sunshine (at last) but also because I decided that the three final long runs would be done plain and not fartlek. Perhaps running 25 to 27 miles (40 to 43 km) with 12 x 7 to 8 minutes at 10k pace is a bit too much for my old body.
Especially as there are a couple of bits missing.
For those reasons I am seriously considering not doing the week of crash training which has characterised my build up to major races over the past few years.
So, yesterday I rose early and was out of the house at about 6.30am for a long run of about 26.5 miles (42.6 km). I only ran up the valley to Addingham and then over the hill and down into Airedale before turning for home via Menston. A wonderful early morning run which was made all the more pleasurable by being able to run on the roads BEFORE the early morning rush hour.
Today - another long run. This time it was 29.3 miles (47.1 km) which used a long section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal between Kirkstall and Hirst Lock. The trek up Hollins Hill after 3.5 hours of running wasn't much fun ... but was greatly rewarding.
As an aside, the Royal Mail are painting some of their pillar boxes gold in honour of the UK Olympic gold medallists. They will be in the winners' home towns. By coincidence I happened to run past one in Horsforth (near Leeds) this morning. The paint was still wet and the workman had just finished the job and was putting his tools away. I know Yorkshire has a few gold medallists but I wasn't aware of any that came from Horsforth ... and then I remembered, I know Alistair Brownlee lives in Bramhope but he was born in Horsforth.