02
Sep
13

over

So, that’s it then. My Summer holidays are done for another year… And that has been why there has been so little posted by me in the last month. There was a gradual psychological winding down prior to my holiday which weirdly coincided with an upturn in work related stresses and general “stuff-to-do”ness. So I got my head down and got on with it. And then went on holiday…

Which was fabulous and I managed to run every 2-3 days. We stayed on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands so my runs had to be done first thing in the morning before the temperatures got too high. I would get out about 7.30am and run for about 45-50 mins – my route taking me out in one direction to the edge of the desert and the Corralejo Nature Park before looping back into town and down to the port. A distance of between 8 and 9 km depending on slight variations in route. But in terms of landscape I would go from holiday resort to desert, past extinct volcanoes and then back in to town and to the sea in under 10kms!

It is easy to see why runners and cyclists flock to the Canaries to train – the terrain takes in everything and the combination of steep, volcanic hills, long smooth roads and the ocean make it perfect for tri-athletes, runners and cyclists. The weather is always pleasant – rarely dipping below 20 degrees – but in August it can touch 50 degrees during the day when the breeze drops. Even getting up early and trying to get the run completed pre-8.30 am, I would still find that the temperature would sometimes be in the high 20’s by the time I returned from the run. I did see a few hardy (or foolish) souls setting off to run mid-morning although by then it was way too hot for me. The other thing I noticed is how tiring it is running in that heat. Ordinarily, I would think nothing of going out to run 10-15km but with the temperature there, I was find 9km a struggle. And I suppose that is another reason why people go there to train. Imagine running repeatedly in 25-30 degrees and then switching to a milder climate – It must seem like a pleasant stroll without the oppression of the heat. And over the weekend, I was able to test my “temperature” theory. 2 runs in the UK –  one of 10.7km and the other of 12.5km and both significantly less tiring than 8 or 9kms in the heat of the Canaries.

And for the first time in a long while, I have no planned races in my calendar. This time last year, Hauling My Carcass and I were in the final throes of training for The Berlin Marathon… perhaps it’s time to get a few races scheduled…

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1 Response to “over”


  1. September 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Your holiday runs sound gorgeous. I managed three runs during our holiday week – I take my running kit whenever we go away, but it doesn’t always get to see the outside of my bag 😉

    Races…let me know what you book up for, I’m fancying a challenge…it’s time!


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