Pushing on a little further every day

After a good win for Wales over France last night (good not great, we seem to have difficulty crossing the line) I actually left the pub early, not that I wasn’t enjoying myself but I knew I wanted to run today. How times have changed!

I felt good today and planned to do a long run so took my pack (did I mention I love my Inov8 pack) with me. Lucky I did as I ended up doing 15 and a half miles!  Basically it was the half marathon I did before with a trip along the beach to Marcross tagged onto the end. I must admit I felt pretty damn good for all of it up to about mile 12.  At this point i came off the lovely smooth flat sandy stretch back onto rocks and found my legs were stiff and it was difficult to pick them up higher for the rocks.  This did abate after a while, I’m guessing that the low stride of the sand locked them a little.  Will have to remember this – pick those knees up on sand!

Speaking of knees I had very little trouble with them today.  I deliberately set a slower pace as I knew i’d be out longer (not that it was much slower according to the watch by the end) and concentrated on my form. I’ve been looking at chi running, as much because I try to keep an open mind and i’m currently devouring anything running related.  So I was trying to stop myself from leaning back which I tend to do on flat ground. This may have helped the knee or it might have been the slower place or the moon may be in Aquarius or something, all I know is it doesnt hurt.

I was feeling the distance in my legs by the end but I guess no pain no gain and all that malarkey. A good rest day tomorrow should help matters.  I also found a fuelling formula today that worked for me. Start fuelling 45 minutes in and every half hour after that. It seems to be about the right interval to keep me going steadily.

So all in all i’m really happy with today. The distance, the pace, my mood and it really feels like i’m progressing – albeit slowly – but at my own pace and in my own way. Enough burbling, to the photos!

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View from Witches Point – Yes I know i’ve posted similar photos before – I just love this view!
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Southerndown Beach
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Like a millpond as they say!
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Other side of the Ogmore river – Merthyr Mawr dunes – Now theres a thought ….. (Oh and pony trekking)
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I used to sit here for hours just throwing stones for Soak to fetch – She loved that game and would never tire of it.  I stopped here for a moment thinking about her today.
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And as I stopped and thought the sun poked through the smallest gap in the clouds and shone on me – I know i’m a sentimental bugger but I just get the feeling she’s letting me know she’s ok
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Decided to take the narrow route above the cliffs
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Kind of wish I hadn’t as this was the drop if I missed a step
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Twas a police helicopter hovering over the area today – Plus a few rescue boats, not sure if it was an exercise or they were actually looking for someone.
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Waterfalls on the return path home
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Not sure I can eat these….
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Aid station manned by horse – Nope shouldnt have eaten the mushrooms

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Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

9 thoughts on “Pushing on a little further every day”

  1. Can I ask what you use to refuel? I’m struggling to find something that works for me. Blocks give me really bad tummy issues 😳 . I have used jelly babies and Isis gels but aways picking people’s Brains 🙂 chi runnjng sounds the way forward.

    Sounds a gorgeous run. Love it down that way. Your photos are amazing.

    Great running great blog

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, makes blogging as satisfying as the runs (almost) Yeah I’m so lucky to live right on a brilliant area to train and take in the scenery. As for fuels I use a mix of energy bars and gels – the sis ones, usually pick them up when they’re on offer in supermarkets. Also bananas if I have my pack with me as I find I can eat them on the move ok. I also carry a pack of energy tablets with me that I tend to nibble on during longer runs just to top up. I do want to move away from the gels especially to more natural sources but they’re just so damn convenient!

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  2. 1 cup peanut butter, 3 cups of oats, 1/4 cup of raisins, 1/4 cup of honey. Melt peanut butter in a big sauce pan, add everything else until mixed in thoroughly. Spread it into a casserole dish, refrigerate over night, cut into pieces you want. I mix it up with raisins and dates, I also add protein powder but that’s up to you. Hope you like it.

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