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


Decided to get out for a run last Sunday despite the torrential rain. I wanted a long run but wasn’t going to happen in these conditions.  To be fair the seven miles I did were made harder by slogging through fields turned into streams. More resistance training. I look back and laugh now but at the time up to my calves in freezing cold water I certainly wasn’t laughing then

The first inkling I might get wetter than usual
Definitely been raining
Errr ok so this is one Ive never seen before here
Starfish are like buses – You don’t see one forever and then 2 come along in a week 
Of course the regular waterfall was showing off 
Fields of joy!


Hill sprints til dark

The weather improved (not for long admittedly) but the tide was still in so I spent half an hour or so running hill sprints in the cwm. I was pleasantly surprised at not going anerobic immediately. Best thing about these particular sprints is the view/reward at the top


Just a bit further

When you’re out enjoying a run and it’s getting dark and you kind of forgot your headtorch (again) and you don’t want to turn around because it’s so beautiful what do you do? Common sense says turn around before you lose the light.  My sense said stay out as long as you can, keep going and trust your local knowledge and senses to get you back.

It actually worked and I didn’t fall off a cliff or into a river or anything and it meant I got to enjoy a beautiful sunset