Saturday, March 8, 2014

Peak District On Our Doorstep

Training for the TogetherforShortLives 50 mile peak district run continues, for today's training run I used a route generator to plan a 16 mile run. My running to date has always been a little over my comfort zone. A climbing buddy reminded me that it is important to bank your runs, a faster run being a  withdrawal. With this thought in mind it was important to maintain a steady pace. 

I set out on a cloudy morning up Grange hill, I was 3 minutes slower than normal but the plod was nice and steady.  By the time I arrived at Shillito woods (not far from Millthorpe) , I managed to achieve a steady plod which felt most comfortable. It was wonderful, I was out in this beautiful countryside with the  birds singing  and the wind sending a chill through my bones. With this glorious open space on our doorstep, I felt so lucky! You see so much more when you go out for a run. I miss stuff as the world speeds by when I'm on my bike. On this occasion I spotted some excellent paths to explore with my favourite explorers.

I continued along Fox Lane and joined the main road down to the Baslow roundabout. It would be possible to take a minor detour along Clodhall Lane and run my normal White, Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow  Edge's circuit. From the Baslow roundabout I continued the steady pace up to the Robin Hood Inn. From here I carried on up towards Old Brampton. The route finished along the Chatsworth road and back into Chesterfield.

This run was managed comfortably and I don't have too many aches. I'm looking forward to running the Edale skyline next. The route conjured up today seems a very tempting option! It feels great to be able to really enjoy long distance running once again.

This 16 mile run is recorded on map my run.