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Lost in the North

I have now officially received the training plans for Project Trail.  Gone are my original visions of spending the first week gently looking up intervals on the internet over a cup of tea.  Oh no, this is straight into it….  the Project Trail training programme is via. TrainAsONE which generates a plan and updates as you upload your runs via. Strava or similar.  The software is currently beta so its great to be involved at this stage and see how this is developing.

Whilst clearly the aim of Project Trail is to canter around 50 miles of Wendover Woods, I currently have more pressing issues ahead of me – namely the 50km Peak District Challenge, or the PDC as us trendies now refer to it.  There are some options of distance, from 10km to 100km, and I’ve gone for the 50km.  This time I’m part of a duo and I’m fortunate enough to know someone else silly enough to want to do it (Michelle) and, for the record, the entire thing is her fault.

Here’s how it happened……

I just can’t seem to stop entering races.  I used to get drunk and buy stuff off Amazon, but now I get drunk and enter races.  Whilst on our usual Tuesday night chatting/running session I was moaning about not being sure what to enter next and later I got a text about the PDC!  When I saw you could enter as a team I instantly started crafting a cunning plan to persuade Michelle to enter.  As it turns out all I had to do was ask, and then spend some time convincing her that the 100km might be too far!

We’ve been busy training at various locations over the Peaks planned on Strava route-builder – I’ve put some links at the bottom of this post to several of the routes we’ve ran.  Running as a team will be interesting as races are usually such solitary events and of course there is the added pressure of not wanting to let her down after all the hard works thats gone into this.  Its not just been running training, we’ve been practicing our pork pie eating, our “how-soggy-can-you-get-your-trainers” sessions and most importantly perfecting the “missing-a-train-so-you-get-to-go-to-the-pub” strategy.  Here’s a few pics from training….

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Mainly worrying about missing essential Facebook updates whilst up here

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17 miles in and a crinkly sweet potato becomes the best thing ever!

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Paths? Where we’re going you don’t need paths!

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I’ve never been so pleased to see Lyme Park

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Team “Lost in the North”

The race is 20th August, so I’ll post about how we got on!

PEAK DISTRICT ROUTES

Macclesfield 27km (this was done incredibly hungover) https://www.strava.com/routes/4180229

Glossop 14km https://www.strava.com/routes/4313977

Staley Bridge to Greenfield 30km https://www.strava.com/routes/4994797

Hathersage 34km (route from Trail Runner mag) https://www.strava.com/routes/4994924

Lyme Park to Macclesfield 19km https://www.strava.com/routes/5179009

Macclesfield to Lyme Park 38km https://www.strava.com/routes/5947541

Chinley 16km https://www.strava.com/routes/6003656

Manchester Circular (Canal, Heaton Park, River Irwell) 32km https://www.strava.com/routes/4180083