Up early

Had a days work marshalling on saturday and so got up super early (for me) at half six to run. I was so glad I did, set me up nicely for the day!

The beach feels different at that time of day and it was a sheer pleasure to do seven miles along it and then up to the cliffs home.

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Sun peeking over the cliffs
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Early morning view from Witches Point
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Dawn on the rocks

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

Go Go Power Stations!

Well sunday was long run day and with spring unleashing its full range of blue skies and sun upon us I was looking forward to getting out and making all my bits hurt…. which I certainly achieved … more of that later.

But starting out I decided to head east not west for a change, I havent actually been more than 5 miles this way along the coast and have always stopped at Llantwit beach and returned so I planned to do a few more miles to see whats out there and then return.

The tide was high so it was all going to be a cliff run which is a pleasure all to its own when the weathers so good. The only drawback being the number of people walking the path later in the day. People aren’t so bad really but I just prefer to be alone while running.

So I was out by 9 – on a sunday!

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Looking inland its all green and blue! 
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Passed the lighthouse at 3 miles in and feeling awesome!
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Sun shining on the Bristol Channel at St Donats

I was happily cruising along at 8-9 minute miles and felt like it was very little effort, it was getting warmer but I had my pack on with a litre and half of water so I wasn’t too worried. I also had a range of food going from my homemade energy biscuits to boiled eggs and a new weapon – Minstrels. for those of you not acquainted with there they are small chocolates with a crunchy outside shell. Their selling point way back in the day was that “they melt in your mouth not in your hand”  and I figured that this was ideal for long distance running in heat – And it worked! No melty chocolate at all. Pro tip!

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Tides right in
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Nothing was hurting at all at around 5 miles in or so until I met this gate. Note the curved metal bar which stops it swinging open?  Well I was mid stride and pulled the gate open by grabbing the top of it without seeing the sticky out curved bit and slammed it straight into my nuts.  I had to take a few minutes to recover from the eye watering agony and so took a photo of the offending metalwork.

These things happen on long runs so I was soon off again!

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Looking back having gone several miles
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I had now covered around the distance needed to turn it into a 16 mile run but ahead I could see the power station at Aberthaw. Cant be too far!
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I passed hundreds of huge concrete cubes which were setup as tank defences in the war
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And finally I reached Aberthaw after 10 miles. 

So 10 miles out and feeling pretty good. I followed the same path on the return and it wasn’t until around 17 or 18 miles that the pain really started. Everything seemed to have a whinge and a moan but I guess we’re all in the pain game to some extent so despite seriously tired legs I pushed it home completing the full 20 miles.

24 miles over mountains in 5 weeks time is kinda scary but I can always walk the final uphill (it really is a beast) so right now I seem to have hit some sort of form at the right time. Now to avoid injury and keep things ticking for a while.

You just gotta love long runs in the sun!

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Thats spring weather for ya

Started tonights run in bright sunshine

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But wait .. what is this ominarse looking cloud
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Hey look at the bottom of the ominarse cloud, its got little rain showers out at sea
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Hey look its getting closer!

At this point the light went super weird and the rain started piling down. Which wasn’t too bad as it was kind of warm anyway. The beach looked really cool but it was impossible to caputure the feeling on a camera but I tried

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Best I could do!
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Since I’ve grown my hair out again this is the view I get when it rains and the hair sticks to my face. Note the visibility enhancing parting.

As I was running back the sun came out so I knew it was ….. rainbow time!

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4 weeks of weather all rolled into 4 miles

Sunset run

This was actually Wednesday but been kinda busy … Oh I tell fibs I just forgot.  Haven’t forgot about the sunset though.  Only a 4 miler before dark along the cliffs but it was worth it.  Except for the pain in my stomach … I think due to new stretching regime which has involved planks and such shenanigans.

But the sunset that night …..

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View from the beach before climbing the cliffs
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Hidden sun
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Peeking sun over the sea. Love the reflection on the water on this one
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Last view of the sun across the fields on the way home