Saturday, 13 July 2013
Mad Dogs And English Men Go Out In The Mid Day Sun!
As Tess has retired from running [she is now 11.5 human years old [87 dog years!] it was left to me and Stevie Lewis to hit the Parbold-Ashurst Beacon trail! This was our 3rd run here, last week we smashed the course record but now as the full summer heat radiated upon us it was a matter of survival! On the first climb of stoney Lane we stayed together but the real action started on the climb of Hunters Hill! This is a brutal climb for sure! As we hit the super steep section 3/4 of the way up Stevie pulled past me and it took all my efforts to hang on then sprint ahead before the top! This is amazing improvement from Stevie after long term injury ;0] Onto the 3rd 2 mile climb up Ashurst Beacon and I half expected Stevie to to leave me behind! But maybe the heat and his lack of of endurance training was starting to show. I got into a pace that felt hard but sustainable and was slightly surprised that I pulled away from Stevie! I pushed on up the 4th climb of fairy Glen and finished with a fast descent down Parbold hill for a very HOT 14 Miler! I did read that running in the HEAT made you stronger1