We had sun?

Must be like mondays run or something as judging by the photos it was sunny – which it certainly hasn’t been since.

It was actually run after hangover run and to celebrate I did double digits and found some new fossils.

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Swirly shell thingies – Im no geologist clearly
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Roundy shell thing
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Obligatory sunny cliff shot

Tired legs & happy heart

Today is a rest day so time to catch up with the blog and mondays run. Timed the beach again for low tide and rolled out in the Altras for a change. Although I love the feeling of comfort in them the difference in grip and stability to the Inov8s is huge so I think no more rock runs in them, they can hang around for the days there’s little technical stuff.

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Perfect timing – Tide going out and a few metres of sand to get from point to point.
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First of todays fossils – Not actually sure what they are, a collection of plants and shells I think
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One I ran home with – Ammonite in quartz
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Another I couldnt run home with – the rock is way too big sadly
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Met these two having a paddle
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And this one pulling faces

Another 5 miles on tired legs hence the rest day today.  Always feels great to be out no matter how the legs feel though

Fields & cwms & ladders & rocks = fun

So sunday was a recovery run, why I seem to be posting every run a day late I have no idea. But still I was out there doing a slowish 5 miles.  I had to reverse a route starting with a hill up a road as I’d managed to leave the house without a key but luckily as I am used to doing this I have keys stashed with various friends and family all over the place. So I trotted to my friends house, gave his dog a cuddle which got it so excited it peed on the floor and then headed off to the beach via Wick ladders for once.

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The beach is yonder! Past the distant sheep
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Down the cwm – Welsh for valley
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Now to get to the beach – Note the way the tides leave depressions in the pebbles – It does this a lot, I need to find out why!
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Ladder one plus easy scramble down
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View halfway up the cliff
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Ladder two – Its easier going up these than down – note rusty securing bolts 😉

This reminds me, on saturdays run I passed 3 walkers at Monknash beach, by the time I had been round Witches etc they were stood on the beach near the ladders and flagged me down as they were panicing that this was the only way off the beach.  Ever the helpful I directed them the mile or so to the path up Witches point which they might stand a better chance at …. maybe. As I left with a cheery wave the lady called “and congratulations” which was odd, congratulations on not breaking any limbs maybe? Weird thing to say indeed.

Anyway I digress!  Back to sunday. As it was a recovery day I went looking for some fossils and found these two.  Enamoured with my finds I ran home with them – workout for the arms too!

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More ammonites!

Altogether a 5 mile easy run and best of all had a lot of fun.  Who knew there was so much free entertainment just lying in wait out there – go find some!

 

 

6 metres and falling

Saturday morning and a new training cycle begins (yes I’m still calling it that as it sounds like I know what I’m doing) so a wait for the tides and off out again for a 10 miler along the coast. I’ve worked out (It’s only taken me 20 years of visiting this beach) that I can get out to run the whole thing if the tide is lower than 6 metres give or take.

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6 Metres and the sand appears

It was a misty and cold which meant I had the beach to myself whch is the way I like it. Everything seemed to be ticking over nicely as far as the running went and I had great fun on the rocks pounding my legs. I know that doing this leads to fatigue around mile 7 or so. It’s got me to wondering when fatigue would kick in if I didn’t run on the rocks at all. But that would mean …. roads. Nahhhh i’ll keep wondering.

I notcied that at the point between Nash and Wick beaches that there are numerous quartz veins amongst the rocks. I’ve never really paid much notice before but noticed today how cool they are.

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Quartz veins

Many of the rocks split along these veins.

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More quartz

Sometimes it appears in very random patterns

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No wait – Thats seagull shit!

After investigating the quartz and guano it was up and over Witches Point and around Southerndown

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More ammonites for the fossil crew

Right on cue the legs started hurting around mile 7 so I switched into my run all day pace which means dropping the pace and expend less energy covering the rocks, picking lower lines and not leaping around like a fool.

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Running across these takes it out of the legs but is so so fun – Until you fall

I planned around 10 miles and it was spot on. Let the cycle run on!

Sunday funday repeat

Up with the lark (If the lark gets up at 9.30) and a beautiful misty morning turning into glorious winter sunshine. Guess where I went … yes inevitably the beach.

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Tide was waaaaay out

The tide was so far out ‘Wick reef’ was exposed – Ive never heard it called this until a fisherman i was talking to named it. Might as well have a name I guess. It’s basically a large area of rock covered in coral like stuff.

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Wish I could remember its name. I did discover it once
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It’s super crunchy if you accidentally stand on it, I try my utmost to never do this as I reckon theres a whole civilisation of small coral building creatures hanging out in there.
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By now the sun was poking through

I carried on and over Witches Point down onto Southerndown beach and as far as I could go toward Ogmore until I got stopped by the tide, I don’t go here as often so it was fun to explore

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End of the road …. err beach

So I turned and ran back taking in the views

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Always love this view from the cliffs at Witches

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Found some more ammonite remnants for the fossil crew

And went right back to Nash Point and up onto the cliffs to get some hills in.

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View back from Nash Point

I actually did 13 miles again (No matetr where I go this sems to happen randomly) and the legs were feeling it on the way back up the cliffs. I think mainly as most of the run had been over technical beach rocks and I’d been forcing the legs to do many leaps and steps.

Another great morning though!

 

Of runs and rocks

Nice easy 5 miles down to and around the beach today.  As I wasn’t pushing myself at all I stopped to do some fossil hunting and found these!

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Part of an ammonite I think
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A Devils Toenail – Or Gryphaea
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It’s not a fossil but its a cool little pebble  anyway
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Also found this rock with crystals on top of it – too heavy to carry back though
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Tides out lets hunt!
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Love these rock formations lying at a 45 degree angle. Almost like natural bricks

So only 5 miles (2 of which I had to carry the rocks for extra strngth work) but a cool beach trip anyway. Plus foots not hurting! Today has been a result!