I headed out today slightly worried about what route I should run. The rain was heavy and the cloud cover low. But as I was heading out the door my brother-in-law said, “It might be raining on the day and chances are you won’t be able to see a thing” and with that in mind I decided to do an 8 mile loop including Helm Crag.
I am still really conscious that I am nursing injuries and so I have been trying to keep the distance to around 10 miles max but to be out for two hours or less. Also I have been aiming to go up and down as much as possible. Flat runs are most definitely out. And with that in mind Helm Crag made complete sense.
First thing, the dog refused. I guess after five days of heading out for the fells she decided she really, really didn’t fancy it. She sat down, dug her paws in and gave me the puppy dog eyes. I turned back and let her off (this time!)
The approach to Helm Crag is really pretty flat after which you rapidly climb to the peak before dropping down the other side, equally rapidly. What I could see was very little. The rain was lashing down and the cloud cover low. On a nice Autumn day I might have seen this.
Okay this is an Autumn pic, but you get the idea
I didn’t take this pic, it was taken by one of the owners of www.lovethelakes.net.
The ascent was interesting as, due to the rain, the path up had been turned into a stream. A stream with a bed of slippery stones; my favourite!
I had really hoped to post some great pictures of the view up and down the valley as I approached the top. Here’s the best I could manage. I only stopped because Sharon, one of my fellow directors of my business, called me. Sharon, this is where I was when you called!
And up the valley…
I had to cut the call short with Sharon as I realised that clouds descended was potentially an issue.
Thirty seconds later, it was!
Helm Crag lost in the clouds
I wasn’t going to turn around and minutes later I was greeted with Helm Crag.
The edge really is the edge in this instance.
Anyways, heading down the rain made its presence felt. It’s not that it got heavier, it’s just that I discovered what happens when rain streams through a 60 degree grass field. Standing really was an issue. Sliding on the other hand was not!
So today I managed to cover the ground quicker than any other day this trip. Interestingly, I have got progressively faster.
But the major breakthrough is that my left leg/knee feels great and my right, only slightly sore. A week ago, running was a challenge. In fact I was feeling a lot worried about being fit to run in June. Today I feel back on track!