Barrow run number 2

You ever have one of those runs where everything feels like its clicking?  It was hot yesterday so I doubted I would really enjoy the run but a cooling breeze on the clifftops plus a pair of legs that were really up for it led to a tempo run for much of it. I’m still being careful not to push too hard but when it feels right then go for it!

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First I had to get past the terrifying guardians of the bridge!
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Then onwards along the cliffs to Nash Point and the second set of barrows or Iron Age hillfort or whatever it is.  Maybe both

Here goes …

Today marked the start of an actual training cycle. Its 20 weeks until the Preseli Beast so plenty of time to build up to 24 miles of fell running. Today was a “short long run” in that its 10 miles which I don’t have any issues doing really but I want to build back to longer distances slowly to try to avoid damaging the foot and knee to the point where I have to lay off completely again. Should tie in nicely to the half in February. See – I’ve been doing some thinking!

Luckily the weather was fine apart from a stiff wind. I did a half beach and half cliff run so I got the best of both worlds including some steep climbing.  Was happy to see that I hadn’t put the HR over 170 (169 is damn close though) and it seemed to spend more time in the working hard but not maximum catergory. And overall it was 136, I can live with that considering the route was hard.

Enough of the running talk, onto the photos!

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Fields were looking green this morning
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Perfectly calculated – By the time I get to the next headland along the cliffs the tide will ‘just’ be far enough out to run back along the beach
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Some kind soul has built a driftwood bridge across the stream at Nash Point – Saves wet feet before the beach (in about 20 yards but still ….)
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Always know where to find your own rainbows
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Tide going out leaving the beach looking pretty damn good and my turning point at Witches before running home along the cliffs