Week 2 – Base Training
Recommended mileage: 20 miles
Actual mileage: 32.1 miles
Week 2 started with my 40th Birthday on the Monday and although I knew Ruth had booked a surprise week away, I had no idea where we were going. To my surprise, she had booked the week in a converted bus; Betsy Blue – just outside Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire Hills! It was ace, quirky, quiet and relaxing – but also just a few minutes away from the local trails and hills! Now, I had packed my running stuff (I knew Ruth’s family were also coming away with us and in particular, Ian, whom I’m doing the LiaD with was going to be there) so we’d kind of hinted at getting away for the odd morning to do some runs, but I never expected to have local trails practically on the doorstep. Funnily enough and by complete coincidence, the Wild Stiles Trail Running group had organised a trail run in the same area for the up-coming Sunday and as we were staying until Friday, it meant another trip back to Shropshire on the Sunday. (If I had known I would have arranged to stay on for another couple of days).
|Home for the week!|
|Relaxing with the boys|
The week was perfect, I managed to get out for a solo run early Wednesday, just shy of 8 miles in total up some tough hills, but the rest of the week was family time, lots of walking, drinking, BBQ’s and relaxing in the private hot tub! In the five days, I still managed to clock up 19 miles – although these were mostly walks with a child or 2 on my shoulders or the odd mile of hill running whilst circling back to regroup with the others who were ascending the hills at a more leisurely pace. I also got to do a short hills session with Ian, both sporting the same OMM running jacket! Oh, the shame!
|Celebrating my 5th place finish with the boys at the ‘May the fourth be with you’ race 4 weeks prior|
|Wild Stiles Running Group tour of the Shropshire Hills|