Still moving just slower

Im still about, I just cant run much, or at least I could but I know its not going to do me much good in the longer run.  The arse still hurts .. glutes are, legs whatever.  I know when its not right and there are days I can hardly feel it, Its healing just taking its damn time.  I did run/walk on saturday or rather walk/run and it was good to get going again but I cant really drive off it so Id rather wait until Im confident in it.

Perhaps its taking its time to heal as I’m walking on it so much. Murph needs long walks and Im happy to oblige so I’ve donned a headtorch and he has a flashy new collar with LEDs and we’re not letting the darkness beat us.  I’m reckoning we’re doing around 40 miles of walking a week still which I guess is keeping me at some sort of level of fitness. Its frustrating but there you gp – that it seems is running half the time. Either injured or in the process of injuring myself. Still if youre gonna have a layoff this is the time of year to do it.  I feel bad that I dont keep up with wordpress and you lot while Im injured … I turn off from running altogether, its easier when I dont think about it so sorry about that!

So the bit you all come here for instead of me whinging about injury – The photos – in no particular order

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Theres always the sun
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And sunsets
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Plus chasing hares in forests
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Theres the moon
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And a new collar so we dont get totally lost
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More moonlight
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Chilling at dusk
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Enjoying the reflections and reflecting
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Nowhere else I’d rather be
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Hole digging champ 2018
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One of the rarest sights in nature – Commander crab teaching crab cadets how to do a pincer movement

Doubling up

Yesterday as a run at the beach in the morning before the sun kicked in and then a walk to the beach at the end of the day.  Murphs appetite for the outdoors is insatiable and its almost impossible to knacker the little sod.  Im not complaining, being back running properly is a joy and seeing him tearing around is even more of a joy.

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Pausing for once to take things in – seconds later he was gone chasing seagulls again
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He loves running … and also loves running shoes, im forever picking them up from various places. To be fair he doesnt wreck them just likes carrying them around it seems
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Walkies with Tilly – This is not a rescue attempt as he’s a big shit and wont go too deep (though he has swum once under protest)
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Cant beat sunsets
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Well you can beat them if you have dogs in the photo too

Day and night

Summer holidays are here and off to a flyer.  A run at the beachin the morning before the heat really kicked in.  Then at sunset we went bioluminescent plankton spotting (sadly none was to be seen) but had a fun night hike with the dogs and their luminous collars.  They loved it of course.  The moon was so bright that we didn’t even need head torches on the rocks.  The creepy woods though was a different matter.  I’ll let the photos do the talking

 

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Yeah I can see you
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Sunset run
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Waiting for the sun to set and the moon to rise
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Strollin
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Posin
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Leaping with a buddy
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Moonlight at Witches Point
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Moonlight and glow collars
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Oh yeah Claire brought her fire poi – I had a go, I didn’t set fire to myself – this is a result!
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Closeup – You want to see sheer happiness?  That my friends is sheer happiness

Miles behind

I’m running but completely failing to post about it! Perhaps it’s because I’m not really measuring what I’m doing but in the last week or so we’ve done a few 7 milers to witches including today and a few shorter ones.

Everything’s feeling remarkably good considering what I did to it a few weeks ago, even the ankle isn’t protesting too much. I’ll continue in this new relaxed manner while I work out what murph can and can’t do. Well actually he’s a flying machine but I’m just erring on the cautious side especially in the heat. And now some photos!

Derp dog at Witches
Murph and Tilly at sunset
More murph n tilly
Happy to be out on the run
Extra dog – this is Jake, He doesn’t get to join in as much as he’s 18 but we took him out one cool morning and he joined in the stream fun
Chilling in a friends garden
Non dog photo of sunset at monknash

I may be an idiot but sometimes im a quick idiot

I can’t help it, I meant to take it kinda easy as tide was in so cliffs were only option and legs were a little sore I’m guessing from the hill repeats. And as I hit top of the cliffs and stopped to watch the surfers I realised there was a runner behind me. No problem he can pass me easy enough but he didn’t.  So I figured if I wanted space I’d have to make it. Which I did at 6-7 min/mile pace along the cliffs which actually felt fantastic to put the hammer down and fly without stopping.  Yeah ok maybe not sensible but it felt good to breathe hard but not blow up and the cwm’s were so much fun to fly up and down (well the first was a 200ft mudslide but hey its all foward motion  right)

By Witches Point I was expecting to be half dead but I still had it in the legs to do the climb to the top. Recovery was fast and so I decided on the longer extremely wet and muddy route home.

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Not so much a path as a stream
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The gatehouse thingy at Derval Woods
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Awwwwwww – They were playing together like you’d expect puppies to do. It’s easy to forget they just want to have fun too. STOP EATING THEM
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The usual. I never get bored of the usual
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Fuelling strategy – The school I worked in that afternoon had just gone through inspection so the staffroom was full of shit food! I love shit food but rarely eat it these days so when I get the chance … So kids if you want to run far and fast eat shit food when the sun shines!

 

Warning – Post contains feet

Look away now if you hate feet – Some people do, some people don’t. Most don’t lets face it.

I have a few blisters and sore patches I usually tape up and ignore but the tide was in today and I felt like doing some hill sprints. So I decided to do them barefoot, I figured it’s hill sprints – the impact is low.

It was actually quite fun and surprisingly easy to drive off the forefoot but it was absolutely bloody freezing on the soles on the way down.  I have to say I really enjoyed the change, I mean I wouldn’t fancy the impact at any pace but for a steep hill like this it felt like floating up. In fact although I stopped counting my GPS tells me I did around 20 and to be honest I didn’t blow up or get the jelly legs. I was sad when it started to get dark and my frozen feet drove me to go home.

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High tide and sun in the sky
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Argghh feet and the hill of less pain that usual – What a terrible name
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My sun has gone =(