I’ll taper tomorrow

When the suns shining make hay! And tapering is overrated anyway. And when you see the photos you may agree!  Only seven miles along the back and back along the cliffs purely for the joy of being outside in the sun and alive =)

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Tides out, lets play
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More cliff snot!
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Looking back at the playground from Witches
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Witches Point from the first Cwm
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Shadows on the sea

Next up – Cornwall!

Up early

Had a days work marshalling on saturday and so got up super early (for me) at half six to run. I was so glad I did, set me up nicely for the day!

The beach feels different at that time of day and it was a sheer pleasure to do seven miles along it and then up to the cliffs home.

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Sun peeking over the cliffs
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Early morning view from Witches Point
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Dawn on the rocks

Fields and cliffs and fields … and a road

Tide was in so a bit of gamboling (Just wanted to use the word) in the cool breeze through the Welsh countryside and up along the clifftops. Plus a quick visit to see the folks!  5 miles at a steady pace ramping up to 7.30 miles as I was ticking along on the roads to incorporate the parents house. Legs feeling rather good at the moment. Perhaps form is coming back at the right time!

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Blue skies and fluffy clouds =)
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View of the Bristol Channel from the cliffs
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More fields – This ones going a bit nuts with wildflowers – I shall keep an eye on it!

Back in the groove

Got a run in before the impending storms … that never really happened – shame I was looking forward to some thunder and lightning.  It was humid though.

I appear to now only suffer from plantar fascitis when not running ….. once I’m running it seems fine but afterwards and in work it aches – go figure! I’ll live with that tradeoff to be honest … typical runners reaction I guess!

To the photos!

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Spottedtheship?
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Moody lighting
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Up the ladders and up the cliffs 
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Along the cliffs and home

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

Thumbs up for progress

Still catching up!

This is saturday … Im pretty sure its saturday

Photos agree! It was after the Lions victory against the All Blacks. I was sober having watched it with dad. All comes back to me now!

It was in fact a cliff run for 5 miles and legs feeling better every time now

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Nice thumb coverage!
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No thumb = better photo

It works!

After work yesterday I wanted to get the seven miles to Witches Point and back done and see if there was any quad pain. If I can do that I can happily start on “mid range” runs again and the news is that I only suffered the usual pains of several miles of trail and beach. The quad withstood it well although I admit I’m protecting it more than usual. I though I felt a twinge but that was more likely injury induced paranoia!

Was so happy to get back and feel I can start building up for August now. Gradually of course, I figure I still have 6 weeks of training not including a weeks taper and I should be able to return to the form of Preseli in that time easily enough. I don’t see the point in pushing my body to get close to 32 miles in training, 20 will be fine again and like Preseli the rest comes together on the day.

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More baby animals!  This is however the time of year to watch out for the less than tiny and friendly mothers to said baby animals. Remember kids – being trampled by livestock isnt big or clever!
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Ble mae watefall? 
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From there to here and back to over there – The view from Witches