Monsoon

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

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

 

A bit of water never hurt anyone

Being cold, wet and tired is an acquired taste it seems.  No point in avoiding water on days like this after overnight monsoons. Just get ready to splash! The feet do freeze at first but then the water in the shoes warms up a bit and adds to the warmth – I tell myself this anyway it makes the whole thing seem a little saner

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Field/pond number one
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Gentle stream leaing to beach
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There was no stream here yesterday – getting down to it was fun too – mainly half skiing down the slope with so much mud on the soles braking becomes a luxury
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Pooh sticks! Which one won you reckon?
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Errr neither as it turns out they both got stuck in eddies and disappeared
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Who builds a stile in a stream?
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Oh so that the path right?  I as quite relieved as the “dead sheep” was actually a buildup of foam

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!

To the barrow and back

It’s so easy to forget how lucky you are sometimes. We blow insignificant issues out of all proportion. I was thinking this as I ran the clifftops to the burial mound, one of my favorite places to sit and watch the channel as a break.  The fields atop the cliffs are as beautiful as the beach itself I just forget to appreciate them. I guess having lived around here all my life I take much of the scenery for granted – and I shouldn’t. So this post is for the unappreciated parts of runs, the fields and lanes that piece it all together.

Run-wise it was a quick 5 miles, everything felt pretty good and I noticed my pace on the flat has naturally fallen back into the 8-9 min per mile pace that feels quite comfortable.  Still blowing too hard on hills but who doesnt!? (rhetorical question)

 

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Coastal path between Monknash and Cwm Mawr
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Blue skies over the Vale – Looking inland towards Wick
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Sat pondering on the barrow mound looking out across the channel
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View back from Cwm Mawr to Monknash

 

Couple weeks of limbo with no poles

Five miles at the beach yesterday just to keep the legs ticking over. I’m taking it easy this week and the same next week just to give the body time to rest before Preseli. Seems like the sensible thing to do. After so many months of training there’s little to be gained and much to be lost by pushing until something snaps now.

I must admit its the frustrating past of taking part in races, as you know I prefer to just run to feel and mood but a race means having to do things differently. It would be easy to say “well don’t race” but having a date and a distance does at least provide some sort of structure to what i’m doing even if it’s only loose. Plus of course I want to see where I’m at mentally and physically as things toughen up.

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Sky is blue wherever you are or whatever you do
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Grass is always green

I came, I ran, I saw, I went home

You cant fight a feeling and todays feeling was to ignore my holding pattern and run hard becuase my body told me it wanted to. I hit maximum flow(tm) almost immediately and as the weather was fine and the tide out I just let nature take its course. All of a sudden I’m running 7 minute miles on the sand without really noticing! After a while I eased off as I deep down I knew not to take too many chances but good to shake out the legs.

I saw some stuff too!

I saw a helicopter that did a lot of hovering

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Perhaps they just do a lot of hovering practice

I saw people climbing at witches point

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One fell off but sadly they had safety ropes

I saw the beach from the top of the ladders

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For perspective the climbers are doing the safe routes at Witches which is the point at the top of the photo

I saw an even higher tunnel of rape seed oil

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Pollen tunnel of doom

I saw what appear to be tulips growing wild (ok maybe big crocus I dunno)

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All in all I ran some, I saw some and I came home happy. All you can do sometimes

I think this was friday

Due to a hectic weekend I havent had chance to post so I’m a few runs behind.

But here are my botanical quiz answers!

1 Daisies
2 Dandelions
3 Celandine (thanks mum for knowing this)
4 Hawthorn
5 Primrose
6 Bluebell
And the beer was Hereford Pale Ale!

So I think Mawil did best only missing number 3 and the beer while Benjamin and Sergei need to brush up on their daisies!

And special mention to neveradullbling for getting thepale ale part right!

Together you cracked it!

So this was friday, quick 5 miler after work in the sun! Best preperation for 2 weeks off

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Simply stunning views
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Was a pleasure to be out
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And the fields were a perfect yellow under a blue sky