Ephemiralisimo

Continuing yesterdays theme of made up words that arent and the nature of ephemerality todays run at the beach saw a low tide to explore. Over seven miles I took a poke around at things you can only see a few times a day if the tides are low enough.

On running matters it feels now like 7 or 8 miles is an “easy” run, the usual first few miles of meh I’m not feeling this and then into The Flow (TM Sergei)  So I’m guessing I’m slowly progressing even if I have no measurements.

So today I found the following things only seen around low tide

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#spottedtherock  You can only see these two at low tide. Nothing special about them but I like the feng shui!
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Seaweed! I keep meaning to bring a knife and big bag down with me to gather some to make some laver bread … but I always forget until I see it
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#spottedthecave  This is gouged into the base of Witches Point so only visible at low tide. I’ll have to have a nose up there one day
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At low tide you get the widest expanses of sand to run on
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Friendship however is not ephemeral. I met my buddies again who gave each other a nuzzle and nibble
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Can you see the stealth heron?

It’s an ephemeral thing

One of the reasons I love running coastlines is that they are dynamic and ephemeral. The tides ensure this, changing the patterns of the beach every six hours. You could run twice in the same day on the beach and cover the same path yet the terrain will most likely be different. Where there was rock there is now sand. Where pebbles lay in a heap there is only a rockpool. It makes every run unique and special.

I managed 8 miles of ephemerality (Warning – made up word) yesterday despite not feeling at my best. The legs were tired too soon for my liking but I kept on going doing a figure of 8 loop including a jaunt back along the clifftop. Hopefully I’ll be back in full form very soon.

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Yesterday was rock – today sand.
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I discovered at Marcross huge swathes of snails. All multicoloured and making running on the rocks even trickier as it breaks my heart when I accidentally tread on wildlife
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Marcross – More sand! Very rarely do you get sand here. Where’s it all coming from?
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Inov8 XTalon print – Hey look I’m not heel striking!
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Humans create the ephemeral too – Like this driftwood shelter
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My route off the beach and up to the clifftop! 

Cabin Fever

Still feeling a bit ropey

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Bit ropey ….. geddit?

But it’s half term week and its just Trouble the cat and I in the house together. We are approaching that episode of Steptoe and Son where they divide the room with a painted white line

 

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Trouble – I dont think Koko has much competition in the cuteness stakes

So despite not feeling great I had to get to the beach and actually managed 7 miles. Wasn’t the greatest run physically but it certainly picked me up mentally. Thats what running does for you folks!

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Kinda grey but who cares
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I also discovered a new kind of fungi which I shall call discarded chewing gumgi

And now im off to bed again

Do whatever fills the hole in your soul

Been laid low all week with man flu type snot based illness. It comes with the territroy of working in schools, multiple schools with multiple coughs and mobile snotbags.  Some of the kids are ASD and for some reason they  all want to hold my hands and/or touch my face and hair (I’m growing my hair at the moment and it fascinates them)  You can’t really prevent them but germs are gonna get through eventually no matter how many times you wash your hands.  Price you pay for a job you love doing I guess (Plus I love the kids no matter how infectious they are)

So it’s basically been work and sleep all week but today I just had to get out and run, still feeling pretty awful but needed something to clear the head and maybe blast some fresh air through the pipes! To the beach!

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Tide was in but I wasn’t feeling like going much further anyway
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Fuck me its the Matrix only with cows!

Strangely there were no seagulls today …. Incoming storm? However check these dudes out!  My parents broughtthem back from holiday. Cheers guys you get the best presents! Sod boring t-shirts I get gulls!

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I did 3 miles and had a hop around on the rocks to cheer myself up =)  Was good to just get back out and I feel batter for it now. Luckily it’s half term so a week off, hope I get better for the rest of it so I can get out and do some proper running.

Catch you again after I’ve done some more sleeping!

Find your rainbows wherever you can

Yesterday I had planned another longish run of around 10 miles, I questioned why I was doing it – Or rather a friend questioned why I was doing it which in turn made me wonder. There’s always the small improvements each time I run which have led to a 20 mile run last week.

My next event won’t be until May next year though, I’m looking to move up from the Presceli Beast half to full race which will be tough as it’s part fellrunning.  So what am I training for now? Perhaps I should be letting everything rest before a fresh assault in the new year?  Perhaps I should just be enjoying running full stop?  In fact I am so to hammer this point home to myself Sundays run wasn’t focused on anything but running all over the beach and enjoying the technical terrain.

And what better shoes than the Inov8 Xtalons for this, I’m amazed by how grippy these things are, the rubber cleats hang on to rocks like the Boston Strangler to a neck. Someone asked me for a closeup of the soles the other day and I forgot so here you go.

They also grip superbly on slippery mud too, the only drawback being that they can clog up if the mud mixes with grass and sheep shit which does bind up and cling to the soles like thus.

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Pit stop required to remove 4 pounds of wet mud from feet

Overall though I’m absolutely loving these shoes and even better the foot is healing well now, I actually covered 8 miles on the beach just running about like a loon with no pain despite the rocks.

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Check out the wiggles!

The run was of course beautiful, less beautiful I suspect was that it was so warm I had my top off :p  Hey it’s Enjoy Yourself Sunday so I can do what I like!

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Tide going out revealing the playground
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Waterfall powered rainbows!

So yeah, lifes short so find your rainbows wherever you can!

The one I forgot to put a title on

Up with the proverbial lark (if this particular lark got up at 9) and headed straight for the beach as the sun was shining and I wanted to get a 10 miler done. I have plans for another tomorrow but will see how everything feels before making a decision (plus its just started raining).

I started towards Marcross and had no idea which way to go so I decided to do a figure of eight, 2 beaches, 2 cliffs which work out at around 10 miles. It’s definitely getting easier slowly, I’ve noticed that at the end of 10 miles I’m not particulary tired though then again I stop to take a load of photos 😉

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As usual it was a beautiful and peaceful morning to run, didn’t meet a soul for the first hour or so
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Up the hill of doom
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For at the top of the hill of doom you get the view of lovlieness
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Not the same beach as photo one – they just look similar due to the headlands
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View from above the beach
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That dot is a kestrel – It hovered without moving an inch for around five minutes (while I munched on a honey and raisin thingy
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Met this beauty who came so say hello. Haven’t seen her before …
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Or her Hannibal Lecter like friend – I guess this one’s a biter
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However they were the best of buddies!

Runs like that make all the aches and pains just fade away