Sunday, April 13, 2014

Together for Short Lives: Edale Skyline Training Run

It's official we're going for the full 50 mile challenge! Our cause is live on the Virgin Money Giving.
(or by following the shortcut, ). Although I've trained steadily the commitment still seems daunting. Last week I went to the Castle Mountaineering Club friends there are so supportive and encouraging with offers to provide some support on the day of the event. There was enthusiastic advice on suggested strategies  for completing and supporting the run. Thinking a little further we have mentioned this to many friends and we are so grateful for the many expressions of support.

Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. They support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices. The work of Together for Short Lives helps to ensure that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it.

Today the realisation of the challenge this run presents became apparent. I set off from Yorkshire bridge and started the long version of the Edale Skyline starting  and finishing at the top of Win Hill. I completed 4000 feet of climbing over the 21.4 mile circuit in 4hours 42 minutes. As I ran along the ridge to Mam Tor, Rushup edge and Brown knoll, the chill wind was strong and in my face . However on the return leg I was blown along. The run was enjoyable and the route recorded on MapMyRun. Although I've done a lot of training including a 40mile circuit last summer it is dawning on me how tricky this challenge is. I've been advised to pace myself. Although I've become stronger I still have to focus on cutting my pace down and maintaining the slower pace for the 50 mile duration.

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