Sundays run & stuff to remember

I followed up saturdays long run with another 7 miles on saunday to recover slowly. After a short period of ow shit that hurts everything loosened nicely and even better it’s now monday and I’ve been pretty much serious pain free all day including the left foot.  I can feel the twinges though so a day off today.

Between the two days there are a few things I ned to remember – You can switch off here this is for my own benefit so I remember.

I got my fuelling working better on the saturday.  I took bananas and the homemade honey bars and started eating after an hour and then every 3 miles or so which seems to sit well with me. I can get calories in without feeling nauseous without problems but I do wonder about how much I can carry for ultras, bananas are surprisingly heavy for the calories they provide. Might need to test a few other smaller, lighter and more calorie dense options. I mean I like the honey bars but after 30 miles I’m not so sure if they’ll digest easily.

I also ran with one bottle of plain water and one with some electrolyte supplements. Seemed to work well and although I prefer plain water I know I sweat so much I need to replace some salts and minerals. At least I felt fine after 15 and no harm done so i can keep testing this.

I wore the Inov8 ultra 290 which are GTX which I’m finding might be ideal for ultras thanks to a bit more cushioning, I lose some grip and feel on technical terrain but how much of that will I need compared to not screwing over my feet.  I noticed tightning of the laces around 8 miles on and thats my feet starting the swell so remembering to loosen the laces for once helped.  I dont need GTX for the ultras this summer as I dont want hot feet with no way of removing sweat so might have to invest in a non GTX pair.

So if you stuck around through that little lot you get some photos!

I was running out of sand and needed to get to Witches so between waves it was fartlek time along this stretch
I never look up – theres some cool stuff up there!
Hauled this heavy bastard back – Now its here I’m not quite sure what to do with it but I’m sure I’ll think of something. Sometimes I just see driftwood and think “want”

Gotta keep your eyes open

Running on the beach as usual, the skies are blue and the scene is tranquil and it’s nice just to cruise around a bit enjoying a bit of late afternoon sun. The scene is as below.



Then I looked out to sea and saw it incoming at pace! It looked spactacular but i wasn’t hanging around to find out!

Run! That thing contains much water!


What a difference a day makes

From subzero snowdrift mayhem for the previous 3 days the weather switched to a beautiful sunny day.  It was so warm I ran in a tshirt!

Tide was out so down checking out the “reef”
Google photos didn’t do a bad job of a panorama for once!
After snowmageddon the sheep look a little … worn


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