The briefest training partner

A quick tempo run around the beach today, was feeling good and working hard seemed to make me feel better so I pushed a little and did 5 miles under 10 minute pace for the whole thing which by my calculations include 20 stile and gates and at least half a mile of tricky rock running.  Im trying to recover some form as its only 5 weeks to cornwall and I havent fitted in a long run for ages due to a suddenly mental social life! Still you cant really justify missing someones wedding for a long run …. can you?

And the post title? I was pushing back up the wooded path homewards bound and passed an older guy in hiking gear, walking stick and broad brimmed hat, I puffed a good afternoon and went past. Next thing I know he’s alongside going hell for leather “to give you someone to race against” he shouted. I had to laugh, theres me working hard and this guy is flailing along madly next to me. Fair play he managed around 100 metres before falling back with the cry of “I’ll let you have this one”  I gave him a cheery thumbs up and headed on bemused.

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Standard beach shot
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Standard cow shot

 

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

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

6 and a half miles today and it felt effortless. Things are just clicking at the moment and I just know I’m back to pre injury fitness at least if not improved.

As the title suggests beauty is wherever you find it and what floats one persons boat may not float another. Examples?  Awww go on then.

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Obvious beauty – scenery, I think just about eveyone loves scenery
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Awwwww cute beauty – Ickle baby calves all bambi legged and giving me “the stare”
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Dont look again mum! Pure unadulterated horror for some people but I think this little dude is just as beautiful as the other two.

Always remember – It takes all sorts to make a world