Monday, 31 December 2012

Job done!

An extremely wet and muddy club run of about six and a half miles this morning with a dozen or so club-mates meant we ran every day in December. Brett and Sue laid on home-made veggie pies with mash and ace mushy peas for lunch afterwards and this made for a good start to the last day of the year. I have enjoyed running everyday (with hindsight) and there's a decent chance we will continue 'streaking' into the foreseeable future 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

20 in 20

A headtorcher at Bolton Abbey on Tuesday night, the usual club run last night from the White Lion (albeit reduced to three miles) plus a road run tonight and we're still on course to run every day in December. My cold feels like it's finally clearing up and the prospect of more runs in the light during the Christmas holidays including a trip to the Lakes has lifted my flagging spirits no end! 

Horace Andy

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Saturday night fish fry

Stoop fell race

We're plodding on with the 'run every day in December' challenge and completed run 17 last night with yet another 'three and a bit miler' round the village with headtorchs. However, on Sunday I made it over to Penistone Hill above Haworth for Dave Woodhead's Stoop fell race. It is very hard to know how well I did because I've had a cold for at least a week and comparing previous times is pointless because the going was awful. The main thing is I enjoyed it immensely 

After the race I went over to Milly's to celebrate her 40th birthday with some of her work-mates and our club-mates. Fine pies were on offer along with Copper Dragon beers and a nice couple of hours were spent there before coming home to a cosey night in front of the logburner with Stef, who'd spent the day doing Christmasy thing rather than racing

Thursday, 13 December 2012

13 in 13

It was bitterly cold for tonight's run and to be honest I'm sick to death of running every day. However, Stef is back tomorrow night and after a change of plans we have a weekend at home so hopefully we'll be running in the light and off road on Saturday and Sunday! All being well we'll do Dave Woodhead's Stoop race on Sunday and help celebrate our friend Milly's birthday with her and our club-mates 


Monday, 10 December 2012

Ten in ten

Now we're up to ten runs in ten days. Stef is away this week but texted me earlier to say she'd been out, and I'm not long back for a relatively brisk run round our 'somewhere between three and four' mile road loop. I started with a cold over the weekend and really didn't fancy going out tonight, especially after a shocking run yesterday but I felt much better than expected and the run every day in December challenge is a third done!

Natural Roots

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dr Alimantado

Ron Hill has a PhD in Textile Chemistry I think, but to the best of my knowledge was never name-checked by the Clash!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Eight in eight

We've managed eight runs in the last eight days; by far my longest ever 'streak', although I don't think I'll be catching up with the legendary good doctor, Ron Hill soon. We ran once before 5am and the previous night had run after 11pm but have just about kept each other going. Several runs have been a 'saver' of three or slightly over miles but we've actually got a daylight seven miler lined up for tomorrow. I did seven runs in my excellent Smartwool merino top but it's been washed today. It's claimed merino is naturally antibacterial and in fairness the top smelt fine after seven runs 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Running every day

Stef and I are planning to run every day in December. Our minimum run is 30 minutes or 3 miles and we're four from four at present, including a couple of very early morning road runs. We entered the Hardmoors 30 ultra at the weekend so it will be interesting if the extra training has a negative or positive effect!

Material man

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The president, the pies and an owl

Yesterday was KCAC President Tony Minikin's 70th birthday run and a splendid outing it was. The day shaped up something like: bacon butties and lashings of tea, followed by an 11 mile run at social pace (off-road taking in some lovely tracks, trails and paths), home-made pies with mushy peas (and mint-sauce) courtesy of Mrs Minikin, then beers at the Brown Cow, Keighley. There were 19 of us for the run and I don't know how many in the Cow. The craic was great all day and we were out for about nine hours all told! Stef met some new pals and I caught up with folk I see about every two years

Today we did another 6 miler over Pin Haw and also had a close encounter with a tawny owl, sat in the beautiful winter sun having a cheeky afternoon nap! The photo isn't great, (it was taken on my phone) but I couldn't resist posting. What a fabulous bird