The dog is an idiot but I love him regardless

Haven’t been running in a few weeks due to injury. Seem to have torn a glute or something, well no seem about it I have torn a glute due to ….. circumstances.

I present some photos of circumstances. Luckily circumstances means that I am still walking around 8-10 miles a day without much pain so hey ho its all good everything needed a rest anyway.

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Circumstances resting during a run
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More resting
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Meeting an old friend – fluffy dog!
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Loves to dig!
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Loves to play
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Sunsets
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Sunrises
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Dusk dog
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Afternoon sun
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Handsome beast
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Sunrise over the cliffs
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Turning circle
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Everyday can be beautiful if you let it
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Amongst the rocks

Giraffe Hunting and Blurry Birdies

Another weeks flown by and when i go to look at my photos I realise I’ve been to the beach either running of walking at least a dozen times – Its no wonder I don’t seem to find the time to blog so much.  Not that I’m complaining we’re just about the time now when the nights draw in and we’re getting up in the dark. So its LED collar and headtorch time coming up – This will be fun – an unruly dog in pitch darkness through fields and beaches, if we get to spring in once piece I’ll be happy!

Another good week of running – well at least im writing this on a monday and I can walk ok and ankles don’t hurt too bad which I’m taking!  I’m trying harder (a bit harder) to stretch more and futureproof myself, if CJ can do something everyday til xmas then so can I!  Around 30 odd miles this week which would have been more apart from a small strain in my hamstring on saturday which I was sensible enough not to aggravate and head home.

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Its a bit blurry but the mornings have been pretty damn cool lately
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Need any holes dug?  We’re contracting him out
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I knew there was a reason for the title of this post – That very blurry bird at the top is a cormorant! 
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And this is a giraffe Murphy brought to ground – I rescued it and it’s joined the whale in my zoo
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I dunno – Its just the beach at highish tide
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More sunlight making everything shiny
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Still stupidly happy no matter how far I run him

Weather patterns

Its been quite the week of weather, we’ve had the lot.  been out for a few runs in it and many more walks. One of the best things about owning a dog is that it forces you out no matter how you feel you have to go (I’ve had the lurgi all week). And if we dont go and do the miles every day Murph turns into a raving lunatic.  Run-wise I just got back from an 8 miler in the pissing down rain and it was great.  Everything feels spot on – well apart from the usual foot problems which I have decided simply just to ignore. It doesnt matter if I run or not things hurt simply because of the walking mileage too.   I literally cant rest cos of the dog so hey ho its suck it up and keep moving time.

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Are you this happy? if not then why not? Be the dog!
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Timing is everything – Tide going out and just enough sand to get along
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Can you lick your own nose like this?  If not why not? No wait ….
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Sun and wind make some beautiful conditions
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Froth sea under a shiny sun
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Crashy waves
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Pissy rain has its own beauty – mainly keeping people indoors
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Why? Why take a lovely natural path and build fucking steps on it. I know it probably makes life easier for hikers or something but for the love of god please stop sanitising nature in the name of convenience and safety. Argghghghghghghgh

Splendid Isolation

Once again I haven’t blogged in weeks. It’s not like I have nothing to blog about I just never seem to sit down to do it these days. Doesn’t help being back in work after the summer off, having a cold, a mental dog etc etc All excuses of course. Luckily I always have time to get out with Murph.  usually two big walks or runs a day, usually to the beach. I calculated last week I was up in the 60 mile range of walk/run so it’s no wonder my feet and ankles are feeling pretty battered.  Theres not much I can do about it though.

Take rest everyone screams in the running world when you feel injuries and those niggles. Rest it! Rest it!  I can’t, not out of stubborness and stupidity (Been there seen it done it) but because I have aforesaid mental dog who needs the exercise. So I really have no option but to hope things hold together!  Im sure they will, I stretch and roll my feet (Got a great foot massage roller thingy that looks a bit like a sex toy)

So splendid isolation?  Its that time of the year again which I love, I love Autumn not just for the season itself but because the beach empties and I have it pretty much to myself again until spring.  Being a rescue Murph has some difficulties with people and as his confidence has grown his defence mechanism has switched from running away from people to barking at them.  I know he’s fine and wont hurt people hes just saying “stay the fuck away from me” but hes quite large and scary if you dont know him so I almost (almost) feel sorry for people when he charges up to them baring his teeth and barking.  He is responding better to commands though and I can usually haul him off before kids cry.

So here are the latest batch of photos. A random mix of walks, runs and ….. well just see

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Dawn at the beach is always special
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Sunrise in the fields (awful photo technically but i like it)
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Little fluffy (pink) clouds – for you SRG
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Sunlight through the woods
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Splendid isolation in full swing
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Eerie evenings
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Then fun in the sun
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Stroll with friends
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If you’re digging a hole then i’m digging a hole
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Blue skies
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Random cat in a pot in neighbours garden
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poser

Rain and shine (and mist and stuff)

I’ve run everyday for the past week (except friday which was actually a rest day) but havent blogged any. Cos im lazy and its summer and Im not at the PC so much and a million reasons so you can have a smorgasbord of photos from the last week.  Ive looked at my movescount stats and Im still a abit scared but nothings broken or hurting too bad.  This morning it was beautiful out and we just kept purring along feeling good which turned into 12 and a half miles some of which was even tempo (which is around 7 min/mile pace these days which is shocking me).  Murph loves it as much as I do thankfully.

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Much of the week has been proper murk – rain too.  I dont care really as it just means its more likely I get the whole beach to myself
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The face in the cliffs – Found it works both ways as long as you get the angles right
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Pouty lips too!
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Derp dog derping along derpily
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Different beach, we ended up in ogmore and so I took Murph to where I used to throw stones for Soak a lot when she was getting on a bit
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Returning from yet another unsuccessful skyrat chase
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Having fun? I think you might be
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Returning from unsuccessful skyrat chase number 293
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Just a beautiful morning, n o reason to go home so tack on some extra miles

 

Still alive and going up!

Still around, still running just never seem to have time to post!  Murph went on his first camping adventure this week, we went up with his therapy dog to Snowdonia to climb Cadair Idris.  He did so well too! He’s so nervous around people I wasn’t sure how he would settle but he did start to get used to it after a while and even slept right through the second night.  I invested in a tent with blackout tech so it was cooler, darker and he could use it as a refuge when he was a bit overwhelmed and it worked great.  We had an awesome few days climbing mountains and exploring.  Even tired him out!

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Murph Emerging from his cave
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Yes he wore a cape at the beach
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Yes Tilly had a cape too – This is the two superheroues digging a hole
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Forests to play in
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And a river right by the tents
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Early morning recce of the route up Cadair Idris – Its up there somewhere – was a little concerned about the visibility and weather but who wants easy adventures right?
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The mountain at dawn – The clouds roll in and out so fast you’ve just got to roll with it
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On our way up
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Halfway – mountains everywhere
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Murph looking enigmatic on a mountain
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Views for days
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Look at the bloody camera Murph while we can see anything at all
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At the peak, hanging on tight to the lead as its a long way down off this one.  Vertigo kicking in too
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On the way up or down – I dont remember
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Christ we almost look normal
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Timer photo actually worked!
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After all the exercise sometimes you just need a friend to sleep on

Just stuff

First off a happy birthday to my dad – Hope you’re having a good one (assuming you still read the blog that is)

Seven miles on Sunday thats disappointingly left me with a sore (more than usual) ankle – whats with this?  I drop the mileage and things get worse?

Anyway I’m kinda used to it by now but as long as I can keep walking Murph too all is good, at least I’m bound to be keeping some level of fitness walking 4 or 5 miles a day even if I’m not running right?

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Rock dog
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Just mooching – nice place to mooch mind you
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Haha you stinky little shit – bathtime – He wasnt so impressed with this bit