After a couple of weeks "down time" after World unis, where I just ran where and when I wanted rather than adhereing to a plan, the autumn training campaign started on 3rd sept with a hungover run round Richmond Park in London. The target was to get in shape for the start of the XC season in mid-October, and possibly try to put in a fast 1/2 marathon as well - Jedburgh on 28th October the ideal candidate. Something was about to change that plan...
4th - 68mins easy along banks of Thames with WHB
5th - 60 in total, intervals 3x3mins round grounds of Chiswick house
6th - 35 mins, 8km from home
7th - 6th stage of trotter relay, Cramond Brig to Dalmeny Station, 6km, 22mins.
8th - 9th stage of trotter relay, Crossgates to Lochore, 10km?, 40 mins. Really nice running through Lochore meadows.
9th - Orienteering 11-person relay, 4.8km, 28mins. Orienteering badly. Well done EUOC!
- Long run, from Achlean to Aviemore YH. 85 in total, prob 78 running, 18km. Awesome
10th- Orienteering, SOL Loch Vaa. Very slow, orienteering fluently.
The trotter relay is an annual event which involves carrying a real pigs trotter between two point of interest. This year it was between the birthplaces of Auld Al and Daft Bob in Newtongrange and Ballater, in honour of their 60th birthdays. A great little road trip and much beer was drunk on the way.
The long run after the 11-man was great fun. I love doing straight line, point-to-point runs where there can be no cutting short! And this was a real treat, running through Inshriach and Rothiemurchus on a beautiful afternoon. Undoubtedly it had an effect on my shape the next day but thats OK, its all steps on the ladder to greater things!