Monday 16th June 2014

Workout Soundtrack: –

5.29km 25:07 (Forest Five, session 15)

*This post was written on June 17th*

Today was supposed to be a rest day during which Gabrielle and I were to hit the waves and partake in a little surfing – it’s something Gabs loves but doesn’t have the opportunity to do much and it’s something I’ve always wanted to try! Alas, the sea was as flat as a pancake so we spent the morning catching up on e-mails and doing work before heading out for lunch at a very nice country pub in the hills around Woolacombe.

When we returned we had one last look at the surf report but found that, if anything, the swell had decreased even further! This being the case we took the opportunity to watch the penultimate episode of this season’s Game of Thrones and to play some games with Gabrielle’s nephews and nieces. It was great to relax and enjoy the day but I had a feeling that I needed to get out and take advantage of the wonderful trails on the doorstep one last time before we headed home as planned! So it was that I decided to run the steep downhill trail into Woolacombe.

I set off at 1645hrs, the sun was high in the sky and it was scorchingly hot but I pushed on and attempted to run as fast as I could, in a controlled manner, down the steepest trails I have ever run! The first two kilometres, therefore, came in at 3:50 and 3:42 which put me into a good stride as I hit the tarmac in the town of Woolacombe – I did a quick circuit around the roads and then headed back up into the hills and towards home. The kilometre tarmac circuit came in at 3:59 and then the climb began! The heat and the exertion of keeping up the pace on the flatter sections became quite telling early on in the first click as I found myself breaking from a run into hard power hike on a very steep incline – it took a lot out of me but I grimaced through that kilometre in 5:45 and ran the more gentle incline before hitting the final, steepest climb over the last few hundred metres. The weekend has taught me a lot about uphill trail running and I’m hoping to hone my power hiking technique over the coming months!

With that dear reader I shall bid you adieu until the next post!

Peace Out x

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