Brecon wander

Went up the Brecon beacons yesterday.  Out into the bits people don’t tend to go and just hiked around a bit with the dog.  It was pretty cold, then hot, then windy then not. Hey im a poet! We didn’t follow the paths mainly as there weren’t any. Its quite liberating and definitely fun to just go where you please. This did mean we spent a few hours or so falling in bogs, marshes and swamps (we havnt worked out which is which yet) but wet feet is a given these days.  Plus Tilly the dog loved every minute of it even if she couldnt see over the grass much of the time I guess.

Pro tip – Park the car by a big obvious mountain like this one so you dont lose it
Technically we should have been over there but I cannot tell a lie – my directions are shit
Standing stone doing what it does best
Waterfall – slightly on the wonk
Frozen “waterfall” / trickle
Is that the mountain by the car? Oh …
Look I CAN take photos – Tilly in her snazzy coat
Ok we put the dog with short legs on the rock for a photo shoot, she didnt leap there – tiny legs and all that. Though she did exceptionally well seeing as its not really short dog terrain
Reservoir points to car (backup in case of loss of mountain)
“Over there is bog…. over there is marsh ….. over there is swamp” ( I fell in most of them)

Always better in the sun

Did 11 on sunday and got back into running with a pack. Its not particulary necessary but the extra water and bananas are nice and I’d better get used to it as Preseli is signed up for (32 ultrabeast) and thats about 10 weeks.

Went along the beach and as the tide was dropping went out past Southerndown on rocks rather than cliffs. The terrain there is a little tricker.

Seriously cool erosion going on here
Twas a nice day and over here I cant see people!
A smidgen of rainbow
Broken ankles ahoy!
Best thing for sore ankle?  Freezing cold streams – Also handy for cleaning shoes. These are my current favourites – La Sportiva Mutants – These things do everything!

New stuff old sunset

Who doesn’t love new stuff – this isnt actually that new to be fair I’ve had both a month or so but I kept forgetting to post about them.  I also ran on thurs – I couldnt remember what I did until I looked at the photos and realised it was hill sprints until dark. It was actually a good workout and my legs are coping with the bursts much better and part of that is due to this monster thang ….

No not the front door but rather the climbing machine

I invested in the climber so I could do some “hill” work without impact as im still keeping an eye on my foot which likes to scare me from time to time. This thing looks easy and feels it for about 2 minutes and then it really really hurts. After 10 minutes you get off it an almost fall over with bambi legs. So I guess it does me good. It’s also handy for warming up and down after runs which is why its by the front door. Ok ok its by the front door as thats where I put it together and I cant be arsed moving it.

New thing number two is much smaller and less hurty

Wobble board thing – For foot and ankle strengthening. Im trying to spend less time at the PC but when I am (like now) I can keep my foot mobile and strengthen it

Oh yeah I mentioned hill sprints until dark ….. It was worth the pain to see this from the cliffs


Mixing it up

Running with someone else has given me a bit of a jolt in that since …. I’m not actually sure when …. I’ve been running in a bit of a comfort zone. It’s been a case of mileage being king, more miles the better and thats it. Time on feet is important but I’ve realised I’ve been doing most of my training in a relatively easy zone, how often am I really training “hard” I’ve slipped into the habit of slow hills and nice easy runs.  If I was recovering thats fine but all the time?

So a little speedwork here and there, some of the old fartlek type things have come into play plus hill sprints.  Speedwork I quite like, hill sprints I do not. But I think all these things easy, fast and fuck hills need to come together if I want to make the improvements to run well for the rest of the year.  Oh and listening to my body (before it breaks down not after)


Just a bit further

When you’re out enjoying a run and it’s getting dark and you kind of forgot your headtorch (again) and you don’t want to turn around because it’s so beautiful what do you do? Common sense says turn around before you lose the light.  My sense said stay out as long as you can, keep going and trust your local knowledge and senses to get you back.

It actually worked and I didn’t fall off a cliff or into a river or anything and it meant I got to enjoy a beautiful sunset


Errr thursday?

All these days run into one amorphous mess so I think this was thursday or friday, does it really matter? It was a run and judging by the photos and where I was it was around the 11 mile mark. So in running order …..

Start off with the carrot delivery
Rainfall means the waterfall has ramped up its efforts
Good day for it
From Nash Point which leads tme to believe it was at least 11 miles if I did the photo above too

Of wavecut platforms and glute battering

Saturday morning was cold but bright and so I decided it was time to tackle a longer run again. I chose to head left towards Llantwit via Atlantic College along the cliffs so I got to see the sandbank.

Nash Sands
Past the lighthouse

At Atlantic College I kept up on the cliffs through the playing fields. Not sure why they are named after King George but they are …


I turned at Llantwit and headed back along the beach, I don’t normally do this as theres precious little sand and around 4 miles of non-stop wavecut platforms but I fancied something different and for those 4 miles my legs got a great workout due to the constant stepping up and down on the rocks.

The series of caves just past Llantwit
Caves closer up
4 miles of nonstop rocks does screw with your legs eventually

I did find some rocks with numbers painted on – I’m guessing someones doing an experiment in tidal movement – And now I have to come back to check out the results myself


After that it was plain sailing as I worked my way back around towards Witches Point creating a 14 mile loop.  Considering the terrain I was happy to get it done in under 3 hours though my glutes took a bit of a battering.

Some days it’s just great to spend time outside to clear the mind.