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    Hurrah, I'm finally back running in the hills. Not fast yet but trotting along okay. 4 runs, 21 miles and 5,500 feet of ascent in the past week plus a 21 mile and 2,400 feet off-road/on-road gravel bike expedition on Sunday

    I also managed to fit in some aerial photography using my (fits in a pocket) aerial photography thingummybob* while I was at it, including a super snowy Penyghent yesterday morning

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    Great progress and those really are spectacular shots, makes me long to get back to Yorkshire.
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    3 runs totalling 23 miles and 2,850 ft and 3 bike rides totalling 40 miles and 4,000 feet this past week. And two crack of dawn gym CrossFit sessions to boot.

    I even managed a relatively fast 3.2 mile run where, whilst not anywhere near blasting it, I was at least pushing it. I also did my longest comeback run yet at the weekend totalling 11.6 miles

    My knee still aches a bit, especially in the first half mile of a run, but it's increasingly not nearly aching so much afterwards and here's hoping the positive trend continues. I'm now planning to really push the envelope with something a fair bit longer this coming weekend and I reckon that may be a make or breaker

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    Are you still planning for the long race (was it something like 100 miles in July...?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    Are you still planning for the long race (was it something like 100 miles in July...?)
    If I can yeah. But itís all about eating the elephant in bite sized portions. I was really worried for a short while that I wouldnít even be able to walk in the hills again. Then I could, which was a win, and now I can run in the hills which is a win, win. Iím still though two or three wins short of being able to do the LL100 at the end of July

    Next up itís about being able to run longer distances. And run faster. If I can do both of those then that will be fantastic and I can straight away put them to the test next month - Iím down for the Ulswater Way trail 20 race on 5th June (20 miles) and then the Lakeland 5 Passes on 25th (33 miles)

    Plenty of scope for car crashes yet

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    Yes that Lakes 5 Passes looks a cracking route, but (and i'm pretty sure the debate has already been had on here), Ascend Events' prices seem to have rocketed.... i'll be doing Great Lakes that weekend instead.

    Best of luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    I'm now planning to really push the envelope with something a fair bit longer this coming weekend and I reckon that may be a make or breaker
    About 6 weeks to the 5 Passes I reckon. You could add 3 miles a week to your long run and be ready to hit that rather than rolling the dice this weekend. (Spoken as someone on the comeback from injury and the 5 Passes will be farthest I've run in a long time.)
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    So its now 12 full weeks since I started this thread and, coincidentally, my Garmin app charts my VO2 max over a 12 week period. Yeah I know VO2 max as measured by an app isn't going to be blindingly accurate, even though nowadays I wear my HR chest strap all of the time when exercising, but as a way of measuring relative fitness its really good I'd say. Especially good in fact as I'm now according to Garmin in the top 10% for my age and have a fitness age of 33


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    So its now 12 full weeks since I started this thread and, coincidentally, my Garmin app charts my VO2 max over a 12 week period. Yeah I know VO2 max as measured by an app isn't going to be blindingly accurate, even though nowadays I wear my HR chest strap all of the time when exercising, but as a way of measuring relative fitness its really good I'd say. Especially good in fact as I'm now according to Garmin in the top 10% for my age and have a fitness age of 33

    I think you should now return to the Senior male category in future Fell Races, Fellbeast!

    On a more serious note, congratulations on your VO2 Max results. I have never worn a HR monitor but would like to think that mine would be similarly much lower than my real age.

    Unfortunately I think this and similar results says more about the general fitness of the nation and confirms that we live in a country full of fat, lazy lardy arses!
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    Yes Iím now as fit and an average, slightly fat 33 year old couch potato bloke 😊

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