Long beach & cliff run plus news!

How do you keep an idiot in suspense goes the old joke. I’ll tell you later.

Anyway today it was time to see exactly how much fitness I’d lost through injury, there was a reason for this test but first the run. As I knew I was likely to be going at least 10 miles I knew I’d need water and fuel so I cracked out the salomon squishy bottles and made myself some new fuel – I hereby announce to the running world the invention of the Honey Bomb!

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Working on the principle that you don’t eat with your eyes I present the first batch of Honey Bombs. I swear they taste so much better than they look … honest

Ingredients – all chucked in a bowl with no measuring.

Raisins, dates, flax and chia seeds and a dollop of honey all mixed together and placed carefully in scientific manner on a baking tray and then wanged in the freezer.

Result? I have discovered purest energy! Well I ate three of them on my run and they certainly kept my energy levels topped up. The only drawback being their incredible stickiosity. I wrapped them in silver foil so when unwrapping them I must have looked like the worlds healthiest junkie.

I was also glad to have taken a litre of water too as it started to get hot towards the end although I did actually hydrate myself all the way through which I’m disproportionately proud of. All this I packed away in my Inov8 race pack 4 which is just so comfortable I don’t even notice it’s there. The salomon soft flasks work great as once you’ve had a gurgle out of them they fold up and can be carried in a pocket until empty.

Anyway I managed just over 12 miles which didn’t feel like a struggle until the hill into Wick to my folks (another shout out to the folks) near the end which just felt like it was going on forever, plus it was half road and as we all know I hate roads. My body felt fine above the waist, the legs simply haven’t got the miles back in them yet but I’m sure that will come.

The beach was as usual beautiful even though I was going into a headwind on the way out and I managed to remember to breathe through my nose pretty much for the whole thing. This is becoming second nature which I’m especially pleased with as I know I’m no longer blowing myslf to bits early on.

Enough text they cry! Where are the photos?

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Outward bound – I tried to capture the headwind but failed :p
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Cliff stack – I’m waiting for this one to come down (as long as I’m not under it at the time) Also spot my superb accidental capture of a seagull
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Green! I knew I’d get some green in for CeeJayKay. This is actually a very rare phenonemon called cliff snot
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View from the cliffs again plus some green
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WARNING! Rockpool ahead!
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View running back along the cliffs (more green plus fluffy clouds for SRG)
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Foresty bit (included for its greeniosity)
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Field of unripened corn – Note colour!

Oh yeah so the news ….

I’ve signed up for a race in August. In Cornwall! It’s a trail run along the Cornish coastal path. A friend of mine and I are going to camp down there for the weekend as there is a bar and DJ and stuff to entertain him while I run on the saturday.

Thing is … the 20 miler I was originally going to do was full so I kind of ….. signed up for the 32 mile option. I have 6 weeks to prepare. I may well die (note to parents this is a lighthearted throwaway line I won’t really die)

Ultra or bust! Probably bust but I’m going to give it my best.

Author: Gareth

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

9 thoughts on “Long beach & cliff run plus news!”

  1. Are you insane??? (No sry no distraction tactic like the most beautiful photos work …)
    Ok … now that I got that out, maybe you should breathe through the mouth again, the lack of oxygen clearly affects your decision making?
    I’m still excited for you though … and 32 miles is at least not 100 miles. Is there a cut off?

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      1. I don’t have or want the power to stop you participating such a lovely event. Fortunately it is your body that has to go through it, not mine (yet) and if you feel you are fit enough … I love reading race reports. But yes… from my point of view it is insane … just after an injury to build up that quickly and risk it and I felt you deserved to hear my opinion. There will be loads of others that think differently. I know I wouldn’t stop after 20 miles and do everything to finish, so don’t listen to me, but to your own body. 6 weeks is so short …
        Then you didn’t sign up for the 100k so there is hope lol and it might be a grand day out if you take it slow. Only you can know yourself enough.

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      2. I realldy do appreciate your honesty and yep I do know it’s kind of insane but I also want to fran opportunities when they present and just see what happens. Don’t worry I’ll definitely be taking it slow, looking at the cutoffs they are 20 min per mile pace …. I can walk that speed!

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