Running slow

Tuesday has given a chance to nip out for a routine training run before nightfall.

Its been gradually cooling down again today in the Lakes. The transient snowfall from the weekend has all but gone following yesterday’s stormy and mild weather but today with the gradual return of cooler temperatures (only 3 degrees this afternoon at Kirkstone Pass) a fresh dusting of snow is now lying above 600 metres or so and the ground is beginning to re-freeze.

So it was back out on my circular route over Red Screes, down to Scandale Bottom before returning back up to Scandale Pass and Red Screes once more. It was a slow run today, one of my slowest ever on this circuit, slightly worrying, and a continuation of some of the deep fatigue which seems to be firmly set into my legs at the moment. I’ve been trying to pin-point the cause of this now for months. I’m definitely past the worst which was back in the Autumn but it still keeps casting a shadow on plenty of my runs at the moment. It’s insanely hard to describe, I can only say it just feels like my legs have lost any sparkle, any explosive strength. Actuate fatigue, muscle stiffness or imbalance, poor diet, who knows?

Still despite the weather forecast it was actually a pretty decent late afternoon which bolstered my spirits. It was cool and blustery but the wind was never excessive and there were glimpses of winter sunshine in between the showers, which were all of hail and snow by the time I was out. The views were expansive and the light magical, the slightly later evening light casting a beautiful glow across the fells.

Fell running in the Lake District

The less than straightforward direct descent into Scandale. Dove Crag behind.

Fell running in the Lake District

Looking across to Brotherswater from the summit of Red Screes

Fell running in the Lake District

Blustery rather than stormy conditions on Red Screes

Fell running in the Lake District

A dusting of snow on the high fells. Helvellyn in the far distance.

Fell running in the Lake District

Descending back to Kirkstone Pass





About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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