Milestones? He doesnt even care

Well I know one thing – Murph can run a half marathon because he did yesterday.  We were just enjoying being out and as we had waited for the tide and it was midday I took a running pack with food and water.  And when you’re out and having fun just ticking over you just keep going.

So we did the run to Witches and then up and over the top, back to the beach and then a full length run back to Atlantic College which meant that was around 9 in total so by the time we hit up the cliff path for a strecth (variation for Murph as we’d been on rocks for a while) and then the beach back to monknash and home. Making it 13 and a half.  He wasnt even tired, I was hurting in various places though holding up better than I thought I would on my first “longer” run again.

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The lads were out in force today, they like to follow us for a while. No harm in them just curious
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Past the ligthouse on the rocky stretch
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Found the painted rocks – Cant remember how they used to be arrange so no idea if they’ve moved, half of them are missing though
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Murph approaching Atlantic College
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Sandbank in the distance from the cliffs at marcross
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Now I figured perhaps he would be getting tired – nope thats him sprinting off ahead while I play catch-up.  It’s a new kind of training im developing in which you have to maintain a suicidal pace just to keep up with your rapidly disappearing dog
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Thats 13 miles Murph – Half marathon complete.  Note position of lead – Thats as I’m virtually on my hand and knees from catching up to him before he reached the road.

A full week

Monday to friday and a run every day and nothings hurting too bad and so feeling pretty good about things.  Nothing special or spectacular but a 30 odd mile week right now feels good again.  Plus I like it when its cooler, everyones now moaning about rain …. you cant win. Well I can, rain = less people and beach to myself and Murph.

So we saw some stuff ….

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Hayhenge – Sprang up overnight, very mysterious and possibly aliens or leylines or something
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Aliens have been carefully stacking haybales
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They missed one
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I forget how lucky I am to live where I do – sunset from my living room window
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Sinky sand swallows dog
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View from Witches
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Some light hill training again
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Stop taking photos and run
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Murphy is level – beach is not
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Spy sheep surrepticiously slinking slyly

Logging happiness not miles

It feels good to be back running it just feels different for some reason. Probably because im not doing it purely to run anymore but just running because I can and because Murph loves it too. Miles dont seem important.  We took a different route as apparently after you treat them with advocate they have to stay dry for 48 hours – sounds like bollocks to me but still we just ran an inland loop of around 5 miles.

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We saw some geese
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And we just ran to the horizon. He loves it, just loves running. Its a pure joy to be out with him. I cant keep up, he’d run forever if he could.  Truth is so do I so we’ll see where that leads

Doubling up

Yesterday as a run at the beach in the morning before the sun kicked in and then a walk to the beach at the end of the day.  Murphs appetite for the outdoors is insatiable and its almost impossible to knacker the little sod.  Im not complaining, being back running properly is a joy and seeing him tearing around is even more of a joy.

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Pausing for once to take things in – seconds later he was gone chasing seagulls again
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He loves running … and also loves running shoes, im forever picking them up from various places. To be fair he doesnt wreck them just likes carrying them around it seems
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Walkies with Tilly – This is not a rescue attempt as he’s a big shit and wont go too deep (though he has swum once under protest)
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Cant beat sunsets
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Well you can beat them if you have dogs in the photo too

Still alive and going up!

Still around, still running just never seem to have time to post!  Murph went on his first camping adventure this week, we went up with his therapy dog to Snowdonia to climb Cadair Idris.  He did so well too! He’s so nervous around people I wasn’t sure how he would settle but he did start to get used to it after a while and even slept right through the second night.  I invested in a tent with blackout tech so it was cooler, darker and he could use it as a refuge when he was a bit overwhelmed and it worked great.  We had an awesome few days climbing mountains and exploring.  Even tired him out!

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Murph Emerging from his cave
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Yes he wore a cape at the beach
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Yes Tilly had a cape too – This is the two superheroues digging a hole
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Forests to play in
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And a river right by the tents
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Early morning recce of the route up Cadair Idris – Its up there somewhere – was a little concerned about the visibility and weather but who wants easy adventures right?
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The mountain at dawn – The clouds roll in and out so fast you’ve just got to roll with it
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On our way up
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Halfway – mountains everywhere
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Murph looking enigmatic on a mountain
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Views for days
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Look at the bloody camera Murph while we can see anything at all
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At the peak, hanging on tight to the lead as its a long way down off this one.  Vertigo kicking in too
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On the way up or down – I dont remember
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Christ we almost look normal
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Timer photo actually worked!
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After all the exercise sometimes you just need a friend to sleep on

Just stuff

First off a happy birthday to my dad – Hope you’re having a good one (assuming you still read the blog that is)

Seven miles on Sunday thats disappointingly left me with a sore (more than usual) ankle – whats with this?  I drop the mileage and things get worse?

Anyway I’m kinda used to it by now but as long as I can keep walking Murph too all is good, at least I’m bound to be keeping some level of fitness walking 4 or 5 miles a day even if I’m not running right?

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Rock dog
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Just mooching – nice place to mooch mind you
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Haha you stinky little shit – bathtime – He wasnt so impressed with this bit

Always learning

You cant teach an old dog new tricks?  I dont believe in that or I wouldnt be running ultras right now and you can certainly teach a young dog lots of tricks.  What I am learning is that I don’t really need to batter my body to pieces in order to keep at a good level of fitness, my running milage is lower but the quality is higher and I am guessing my overall milage if you include walking has risen thanks to Murph.

I could be running more but it seems less important than just spending time on my feet  and making Murph happy, dont get me wrong he loves running too but sometimes its just nice to chill and enjoy watching him play especially when its hot.  I can judge how im feeling and turn up and down the intesity but Murph doesnt have that option, he’s flat out no matter how hot it is and its the responsible thing to do not to push him. Its a nice balance im finding at the moment. Plus I’m suffering less pain in the ankle and toe and figure it cant be a bad thing to let things heal a little, it was a long hard training block up to Preseli and although its hard to switch off from that mentally its the right thing to do.

So I havent run all week but have been to the beach a dozen times and only this morning we ran and it was a nice change and was nice to run pain free, only 3 miles but enough

As for young dogs learning new tricks – This week we nailed sit!

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Sit!
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See those teeth – do not stick your hand in his mouth even if its only playing – Im learning 😉
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Happy running
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Posing again