When I woke up there was a thin layer in the garden but by the time I'd eaten and got out of the house that had started to melt. The local pavements were a bit slippery in places where there had been patches of melting and re-freezing but once on countryside paths there were no problems. On Blacka Moor there was a good covering that hid the roughness in the path and the cold running water beneath.
|Just beyond the wall the wind was ever so strong and I was forced to walk|
From the summit it's basically 9km of gentle descent back home, although there are a few inclines along the way to tax weary legs. The GPS data showed that I was the slowest I've ever been on this loop. Party that's because I'm trying to be slow as some of my older, faster runs were at what I now understand to be a race pace and thus not sustainable in a training programme.
Incidentally, the Fuji shoes did well on their first long outing. They weren't too hard at a slow trot on tarmac and gripped beautifully in thin snow and mud. The neoprene gaiter didn't rub on my ankle either, that's a real boost.
I am wondering if higher paced road runs are the irritant for my knee. I did one on Tuesday and have known about it ever since...