I may be an idiot but sometimes im a quick idiot

I can’t help it, I meant to take it kinda easy as tide was in so cliffs were only option and legs were a little sore I’m guessing from the hill repeats. And as I hit top of the cliffs and stopped to watch the surfers I realised there was a runner behind me. No problem he can pass me easy enough but he didn’t.  So I figured if I wanted space I’d have to make it. Which I did at 6-7 min/mile pace along the cliffs which actually felt fantastic to put the hammer down and fly without stopping.  Yeah ok maybe not sensible but it felt good to breathe hard but not blow up and the cwm’s were so much fun to fly up and down (well the first was a 200ft mudslide but hey its all foward motion  right)

By Witches Point I was expecting to be half dead but I still had it in the legs to do the climb to the top. Recovery was fast and so I decided on the longer extremely wet and muddy route home.

Not so much a path as a stream
The gatehouse thingy at Derval Woods
Awwwwwww – They were playing together like you’d expect puppies to do. It’s easy to forget they just want to have fun too. STOP EATING THEM
The usual. I never get bored of the usual
Fuelling strategy – The school I worked in that afternoon had just gone through inspection so the staffroom was full of shit food! I love shit food but rarely eat it these days so when I get the chance … So kids if you want to run far and fast eat shit food when the sun shines!


Two in one

Wednesday was literally to the beach and back on a grey day – even the beach looked meh. Not gonna lie I dont know why I didnt take a rest day when I had chance, I think the head was saying for christs sake run after work.

Look at it – meh or what

Thursday was better, the sun came out a bit and although the tide was in I did some more hill repeats barefoot, I’m really enjoying that and it feels so much easier to climb that way. Plus I get to see this at the top every time…

Reward for each repeat

Theere were surfers about too to keep me company. I can cope with company when theres zero chance it can talk to me

Those tiny dots are indeed surfers

More snow and a moider!

A moider? Yes a moider – well more of a massacre.

Headed to the beach to check out the latest snow conditions.

Had to pick my way over the stream to start
Spot the birdie?  There are tonnes of lapwings down there sheltering at the moment, they are all slow and lethargic and don’t shift until you get really close – like this one
Cliffs still looking cool
Moider scene! I omitted the gory photos here but this was the scene of a massacre – at least a dozen dead birds which at first I thought was a case of being frozen to death. Then I notcied that some were decapitated and I dont know of any Siberian wind that rips birds head off.
Evidence! I found the tracks of the culprit but how the hell did a fox get onto the beach here?
Aha! The cunning git used the old smugglers path which is hard enough to climb in summer
He would have climbed down here to catch the little frozen birdies. Ah well it aint moider after all its just nature
Usual photo from Witches Point with added snow
Up onto the cliffs – and time to start the wading through drifts
Luckily the snow was pretty hardpacked by the wind so didn’t sink too deep
I’m on his trail!
Hmmm ok i’ll just jump the wall
Out onto the road – that way is home if I was in the car – and work wondered why I was worried about getting back?  I know it out here – when it snows it drifts and we get cut off. Took me ages to convince them
Um yeah and thats the other way out
And thats the road to the rest of the village – Its lucky I can run everywhere these days

Don’t need gritters where I’m going

No not hell but the beach, major advantage of coastal running on days like this is the abundant salt. Not so good the rest of the year when it wrecks your shoes apparently.

It was extremely cold and the windchill was a killer but worth it to get out to see some cool stuff….

Like iron underfoot and an ankle killer in fields with horses
Soft snow, in fact probably the best bit of the run for shelter
Arctic beach with first icicles
More impressive icicles
Cave surrounding icicles
The waterfall is on a break
I liked the way this one was frozen in the act of being blown to the left
I climbed the ladders to get up on the cliffs – may have been a mistake as I lost all my shelter and it was bastard freezing up there.. Boring photo really but I took it to remiond me next time i’m dying of heat exhaustion in an ultra that I did the hard yards in winter
Amazing really, for about a minute I could see the sun. One minute – when i was cold and tired again. I swear its Soaks 😉 Said thanks anyway
Opposite the snow has been very kind and traced out my hill repeat training route

Going longer with a wonky leg and sunshine

The plan continues – run longer, take a day or two off to rest ankle then run longer.  Each time the ankle takes longer to hurt more, it was fine til around 12 this time.  Everything feels stronger. Might be the yoga (yep I’m still doing it although the breathing side of it mystifies me. I wanna breathe when I need oxygen dammit I cant wait for my arms to be over there ——>  ) might be the general stretching, might be the work on the bike (and parents exercise bike – cheers for that even though I broke it immediately) might be the wobble board. Might be a lot of things but I’m feeling more optimistic about things holding together.

While checking out my ankles – yeah we all do it I’m sure. I’ve noticed that my right leg is considerably bigger than my left, I did spot it a while back but its definitely more pronounced, Im gonna look like a leggy version of popeye at this rate. I guess its from the right leg doing all the hard work – all the pushing up onto rocks and taking the impact when dropping off them. In fact any time I need to drive up anything the right leg does all the work as I protect the left foot and ankle. Cant be helped so Ill just look weird in shorts I guess!

Anyway enough waffling about my wonky body, bring on the photos!

Rainbow! See it this time dad?
It was pretty damn amazing down there – hence a 4hr training session
Can you blame me for staying out as long as I could?
Molehills on a hill!  Highest moles in the Vale
Sun starts dropping and time to go home

Bit o running, bit o news

Ran the usual on sunday, twas cold and hell windy and I even chased a childs rugby ball which was off down the beach on a mission of its own. The father congratulated me on my excellent ball pickup skills as I swooped, still got the old magic. I lie I never had any magic at rugby I was a prop and in about 15 years I think I touched the ball 3 times and 2 of those were accidental.

Anyway news – I’m off racing in Sweden in August!  Decided to get a few UTMB qualifying points abroad and seeing as I’m off for 6 weeks in the summer holidays why the hell not?

Ultravasan 45

So I figure as long as I can complete Scafell Pike in July and Ultravasan in August thats my 4 points accrued to enter the lottery for UTMB OCC plus I get weekends and weeks away!

Til then I’ll keep pounding away at the beach


New stuff old sunset

Who doesn’t love new stuff – this isnt actually that new to be fair I’ve had both a month or so but I kept forgetting to post about them.  I also ran on thurs – I couldnt remember what I did until I looked at the photos and realised it was hill sprints until dark. It was actually a good workout and my legs are coping with the bursts much better and part of that is due to this monster thang ….

No not the front door but rather the climbing machine

I invested in the climber so I could do some “hill” work without impact as im still keeping an eye on my foot which likes to scare me from time to time. This thing looks easy and feels it for about 2 minutes and then it really really hurts. After 10 minutes you get off it an almost fall over with bambi legs. So I guess it does me good. It’s also handy for warming up and down after runs which is why its by the front door. Ok ok its by the front door as thats where I put it together and I cant be arsed moving it.

New thing number two is much smaller and less hurty

Wobble board thing – For foot and ankle strengthening. Im trying to spend less time at the PC but when I am (like now) I can keep my foot mobile and strengthen it

Oh yeah I mentioned hill sprints until dark ….. It was worth the pain to see this from the cliffs