Showing posts with label langdale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label langdale. Show all posts

Friday, 2 May 2014

#CountryKids Fun Running in Langdale

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Whilst I was waiting to run last Saturday my son was able to do his second Langdale fun run. Luckily it had stopped raining by the time he had to line up in this picturesque setting:

Langdale Valley

He was all fired up and ready to go as he is really keen on running and eager to do well:

He had learned from his debut not to go off too fast though the course was a bit shorter this time so when he had his official photo taken he was still going strong:

As he came towards the final leg he managed a final burst of speed to finish in 9th place:

He is still very much a novice and being only in infants school he is not ready for serious training but he is already hooked on running in our glorious countryside. Next stop the Grasmere Gallop which is a whopping 5.7 km so he needs a little bit of stamina building with me..

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Langdale St George's 10 km

Yay I managed to survive my first 10 km post injury in January! It wasn't my best ever and it wasn't all that fun but I did it:

With a severe lack of training it wasn't surprising that I struggled to get through all the 10 km and had to walk more than I did in December! I did make the mistake at the start of getting carried away by the faster runners and I managed a couple of sub 6 minute kilometres. These were way under my previous best speed but I then had not enough juice in the tank for the other 6 km:

I managed to cross the line at a good speed with a grin on my face (it helped that I knew I wasn't last!). It was good to celebrate with my son who had done the fun run earlier:

So now I have two areas to work on in training:

  1. get my stamina back up so I can keep going for a full 5 km without needing to walk
  2. get my basic pace up so that I can consistently run sub 6 minute kilometres
This means I will have to go on two different style training runs for now. One nice and steady and one with some faster sections! Hopefully the combination will work on improving my fitness and so help me reach my goals.

The next event is a 5.7 km Grasmere Gallop which I am running with my 7 year old. I have low target to beat from last year of 41 minutes and 19 seconds. Hopefully with more training I will be able to reduce this by a long way as I run 5 km in about 35 minutes or less at the moment..

If anyone has any training tips then please let me know!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

#CountryKids A hike from Elterwater to Cathedral Quarry

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

The good thing about having family up to visit is that you get to go and repeat some of your favourite walks! Today it was a glorious sunny one in Cumbria very different from the last time we went to Elterwater so perfect for a 3 generation plus dog walk. We were up and out fairly early in order to get a space in the National Trust car park at Elterwater. The walk (estimated 3 hour 50 minutes) starts from here with a very well looked after path:

Elterwater walk

We hadn't got very far along this section when the three children decided that throwing gravel into the river was a great way to start a walk:

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful XXXI ( #R2BC )

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Nice and easy this week to find reasons to be cheerful!

1) Christmas

Well it has been a Happy Christmas for me so that is the first reason to be cheerful. I started the day with my children opening their stockings on my bed, then a trip to church and then spent the rest of the day with my parents. My children were the best behaved they have been for a long time and it was a pretty relaxed day.

2) Family

With it being Christmas I have seen more of my wider family with cousins travelling up for part of the festivities, seeing my Granny on Christmas Eve and a southern aunt and uncle yesterday. Seeing family is one of the most important bits about Christmas for me.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Family Fun: A walk from Elterwater (part 2)

This is a follow on from yesterday's post. We had walked down to the river through the oak wood and now came up to the second set of falls at Colwith Force:

sideways sorry!
Then we crossed more farmland and some small roads before coming to Cathedral Quarry. This was created by slate quarrying and is an incredible if slightly dangerous place to visit:

We ate our sandwiches sitting on rocks by the pool which made for chilly posteriors! Another young visitor spotted 3 goldfish swimming in the water - apparently climbers sometimes introduce them to the pool..

After exiting the quarry we went down the Little Langdale valley and crossed over the magical looking Slater'bridge. As we traversed the bridge a rainbow appeared in front of us as the sun finally started to come out: