Wednesday 3 June 2009

Cooling down.....

According to Look North's Paul the weatherman yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 26ºC in the shade. Today is grey and overcast, 10º cooler, and much pleasanter for my 4 mile morning run to Farnley Hey and back. This will be my last run before Saturday's Upper Wharfedale half marathon where I hope to give a good account of myself. As yet there's only one other runner in my age category, a guy called Robert Hall, who I've never heard of. I'm looking forward to more friendly rivalry with Andy Hargreaves, Alison and Gilly, not to mention the post-race banter!
As promised by Gareth Sear at my new sleeping bag duly arrived at 11am. It felt very light when I took delivery and I couldn't wait to unpack it and slide inside to make sure it was the right size for me. It's perfect! It's a smaller, womans, bag so not as much spare room in it as there is in my Marmot, and should keep me warmer. It's also lighter, 850 grams compared to the Marmot's 1,100 grams. I'm looking forward to snuggling into it in Switzerland.
There's an interesting article called 'A Runner's Plate' in the current issue of 'Running Free' magazine. It mentions the Harris-Benedict principle for assessing the amount of calories required daily according to age, height, weight and the amount of exercise we do. Based on my statistics, I require 2,145 calories per day consisting of 59 grams of fat, 134 grams of protein, 134 grams of carbohydrate and 76 grams of alcohol. So that's where I'm going wrong, I'm not drinking enough wine with my meals!

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