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

Still running (and walking)

Ok so I fully admit my post rate is poor, its currently at around 5 runs to a post or similar. Cant be helped more time running and less time writing is fine for this time of year.  Autumns coming too – In fact i do believe its here and its always a pleasure to be out and about this time of year.  So much to see and cooler weather to do it in.

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Looking handsome as ever

So this week we have mainly beach run with a trip back to West Wales to see the people at the sanctuary Murph came from. he was good as gold there no sign of freaking out at being back and it was lovely for them to see him.

While we were there we took the chance to pop back to Pembrey Country park to have a walk on the huuuuuge beach there.

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See? Big beach
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Oh yeah he had his therapy dog with him too
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Standing on things is always better with friends
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Murph dug himself this pit in the dunes and then pro0mptly lay in it
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Tilly getting confused by a mirror image – The other dog was even called Tilly, was the same breed and the sme age give or take a few months – small world (if youre a small dog)

Back to running and I had an idea – I sewed my old garmin watch to one of Murphs collars – I want to see hwo much extra milage he does – sods law he decided to stuck to me like glue on this run so whereas i did 7 he did only a quarter mile more.  When he chases skyrats I want to see big numbers Murph!

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GPS doggo

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

 

Finds!

Well im finding that a days rest everynow and again helps.  Well I knew that anyway but for once I actually listened to my body when on wednesday night my legs were just saying no just don’t do it tomorrow. Then on thursday morning I thought “hey they’re ok I could run” and common sense kicked in people! I actually thought about it and gave it a day off.  I looked at my stats which I rarely seem to do these days and realised I had run a 50 mile week with 30 miles in the last 3 days which is is maybe overdoing it, truth is im enjoying being out with murph so much I dont really notcie the miles.  If you add on the miles we walk too its no wonder the legs protest.

So a few runs since and today i made a find. A find find.

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Surfboard with leash and fins intact just washing in overnight.  Not sure what I’m gonna do with it as I dont surf (though i could learn) but a find is a find – So I ran back 3 miles with it
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Extreme closeup
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Hide and seek – spot the dog?
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Poser
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Rockfall

Everyones got a talent

Even sheep, one of the stupidest animals alive and always looking for a new way to die.  But they have one talent that I dont have and im jealous.

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They have absolutley no fear of heights – I could barely watch them pass along a tiny gap between the fencepost and cliffedge to get from one field to another.  They didnt even need to do this as the fence ends a few feet inland and they could have walked around it safely.  But thats sheep for ya, always looking for a novel way to expire
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Murph watching them, utterly mystified

Another 7 miles or so and came home in a lovely rainshower kicking out silly pace as we were having fun

A full week

Monday to friday and a run every day and nothings hurting too bad and so feeling pretty good about things.  Nothing special or spectacular but a 30 odd mile week right now feels good again.  Plus I like it when its cooler, everyones now moaning about rain …. you cant win. Well I can, rain = less people and beach to myself and Murph.

So we saw some stuff ….

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Hayhenge – Sprang up overnight, very mysterious and possibly aliens or leylines or something
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Aliens have been carefully stacking haybales
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They missed one
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I forget how lucky I am to live where I do – sunset from my living room window
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Sinky sand swallows dog
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View from Witches
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Some light hill training again
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Stop taking photos and run
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Murphy is level – beach is not
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Spy sheep surrepticiously slinking slyly

Logging happiness not miles

It feels good to be back running it just feels different for some reason. Probably because im not doing it purely to run anymore but just running because I can and because Murph loves it too. Miles dont seem important.  We took a different route as apparently after you treat them with advocate they have to stay dry for 48 hours – sounds like bollocks to me but still we just ran an inland loop of around 5 miles.

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We saw some geese
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And we just ran to the horizon. He loves it, just loves running. Its a pure joy to be out with him. I cant keep up, he’d run forever if he could.  Truth is so do I so we’ll see where that leads