- Distance covered: 6.3mi
- Date ran: May 24th, 2017
- Time started: 7:13pm
- Time finished: 9:10pm
- Terrain: trail and hilly
- Location: Hampstead Heath, London
Time of writing: 10 days after the run.
- General feeling on day of run: like running towards injury
- Hills climbed: 6
- Slightly undernourished that even the bugs refused to eat me
- State of knees: Right one beginning to complain
- Average level of joy while running: Why am I here?
- Level of plant fluff flying about: tolerable
- Most constant thought during run: Maybe I should start a run journal.
- Would recommend route: absolutely, if you need to train on hills. Definitely not if you prefer flats. Like me.
Things I learned
- You will always get cold post-run even if it’s summer. Especially if it’s London summer. Buy a gilet.
- Not a bad idea to start bringing insect spray.
- Running undies apparently make a difference. I’ve yet to try them.
- Running vests look cool and probably prevents horrid rucksack jiggle while running… maybe think about getting one.
- Hampstead Heath becomes a picnic party place when the sun shines on London. Avoid.
- My mind does not know the meaning of chill.
Contents of my pack
- Spare top
- 0.5L electrolytes
- electrolyte tablets
What I poignantly remember about this day, apart from a general feeling of exhaustion, was my disappointment when there was no cooked bacon at my local M&S.
It was a brilliant day for training, just not a brilliant day for me to train. I’d been plagued by fatigue after a series of evening skirmishes with flatpack furniture I picked up the previous weekend. I lacked sleep, hadn’t been eating too well, and even then I continued with the same level of training the week before.
That said, this is my second go at hill training and I quite like it. Even right after the first time we trained on hills (it was raining and it was perfect), I felt like my subsequent runs had improved.
Or maybe after running hills, I considered all other runs relatively painless.