More dusk

Been an odd couple of weeks, haven’t got out as much as usual due to things going on but I don’t mind as it’s fine to rest up a bit before training starts again over xmas.

I did actually manage to roll myself out of bed early one day last week (not sure which I think I blanked the experience from my mind) but I forgot my phone so no photos and it was under 3 miles so doesn’t really count anyway.

However I did get out for a dusk run on friday and everything felt pretty good, managed 7 miles before the cold and dark kicked in fully.

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Just in time to catch the setting sun

 

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So this was on auto camera settings
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This was on manual – A little more like what I see – auto seems to add light
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Nothing like running the beach at dusk with the moon

Sunset

I managed to get out for a sunset run the other night. Seven miles to Witches and got there for some spectacular views. Of course it meant running back in the dark but that’s no worries really (I’m carrying spare batteries too now to prevent sudden death off cliff edges)

I’ll leave you with some photos – words can’t describe them

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It aint always pleasant….

But I always love it nonetheless.  After a day of fairly nice weatehr by the time I got home from work it was getting dark and raining, sometimes hard rain sometimes just mizzle. The temptation was to stay in and pretend to stretch or something but sometimes you just got to get out of the door.

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Was worth it to capture the only sunlight left in Wales (he exaggerated madly)

Up on the cliffs it was cold and wet and I still loved it. I said hi to all the sheep of course.

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Witches Point in the mizzle

I did the 4 or 5 mile trip around to the barrows at Wick beach and headed back. Once again negotiating the haunted woods ™ by headtorch

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Path to haunted woods at dusk – Fortunately I know pretty much every inch of ground here

So yeah its always worth getting out even if the weather says no the lesg say yeh!

And finally a big hello and hug for my mum who’s not been so well lately but hopefully on the road to recovery!

Red (pink) sky at night

I really do love dusk runs!

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I may even try to fiddle with camera settings – I just get these by luck but I do also know they aren’t entirely representative of what I see.  Knocked out another seven miles after work today.  The body really is feeling good at the moment!

Plus I have something to work for – The Preseli beast has announced for May 12th next year and Im delighted that the Ultrabeast is returning so I get to have a crack at it. 18 months ago I did the 11 miler and I was at my limits.  Last May I did the 24 miler and I was at my limits.  I’d like to do the hat-trick and in six months time attempt the 32 miler. I just know that course is brutal with more elevation than the RAT in Cornwall which I only just survived.  I love the Beast events so much I will definitely run one of them. Time will tell …. I ain’t rushing anything

Then again with sensible training and hopefully no injuries I can go into this one in much better form!

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Cant keep up!

Im off for half term and I’ve hardly sat in front of the computer – which is no bad thing I think you’ll agree. The weather has been great and I’ve done some top socialising – and running but haven’t chronicled!

So this was like …. last weekend sometime!

All the runs have been to the beach and in fact they’ve all been variations on the seven miles or so to Witches Point and back. I dunno I just really like that run at the moment – So if you like it do it!

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When the sun nearly shines

You gotta go for it – out after work as I knew the tide was just perfect and was it too cold for just shorts and tshirt or would I be fine once I was moving – Im glad I opted for the latter as the sun kept trying to peek through and warm me. It was a good 7 mile run to Witches Point and back and … I’ll let the photos do the talking plus can you spot the surfer?

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More Speedwork under blue skies

Back to my weekday runs, feels so good not to have to rush home in the cold and dark. I’m sure that each run gets microscopically easier. It’s almost impossible to gauge progress but I think the secret like many things in life is to stick at it until something gives … its either survival or ignomious collapse in the sand

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The gulls just watch me these days and dont even bother flapping away unless I get much closer. We have learned to co-exist, I give them room and they dont fly about shit on me.
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Liked the way this one turned out