This one’s for the soul

Screw the body which didn’t really want to go anywhere and was happy to sloth around. My mind let the two fight it out a while and then the soul won and said I wanna see the beach.

So seven very tiring miles later I was feeling awesome just as I got home … go figure!

I think the photos explain why the soul usually wins

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Perfect running weather
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Sun for the soul
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All seemed a bit atmospheric today
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Capturing the scene was an artist painting away happily to herself

Just a run

No hangover this Sunday due mainly to everyone being depressed by the Welsh rugby game and going early and my apparent determination to run so calling it quits was easy.

So off I went into the blue skies and sunshine for a quiet 5 miles or so along the cliffs – Damn you tide dont you know its the weekend!?  About half a mile in I realised i’d forgotten my camera =(  Ahh well

Two things struck me about this run. Firstly for the first 2 or 3 miles I feel like it’s hard work and I can’t get into a rhythm and then it suddenly just clicks. Now I’m treating anything under 6 miles as “short” this isn’t too bad but it does mean that every single run I’m questioning myself about how I feel for a good while and I’d much rather be enjoying myself.

Secondly I ran in my old Adidas Kanadias and the difference felt huge after running in the Inov8 Xtalons (As I was going to visit my parents on the way back I knew there would be a mile or so of road which doesnt suit the talons)  The Xtalons give sooooo much more grip on the trail. They are without a doubt my go to technical shoe now.  They give a much more comfortable ride too. The Kanadias are fine but I wouldn’t want to do anything more than a short run in them these days.

As I had no camera there are no photos but with everyone talking about cold snaps and the approach of winter I give you some photos from 2010

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Soaky loved the snow> Here she is outside the pub I ran 
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One of her favourite games was chasing snowballs hence the snow nose
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Our attempt at a snowman ….

 

 

Sometimes you don’t need words

10 beautiful miles along the cliffs in bright sunshine. No pain in foot tho chest still lurgied. Can’t complain about what running gives you …. except crap photographs …. I suck at photographs. These are the best of a blurry bunch.

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Monknash to Marcross
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Marcross Lighthouse in the distance
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Marcross lighthouse up close
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View from Atlantic College to Llantwit
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Unfotunately the roads are paved with leaves not gold

 

 

 

Roaming in the gloaming

Haven’t been out for 4 days! Between lurgi recovery and working late (ok relatively late for me) plus the evil of the clocks going back (I’m a firm believer in BST all year round, I’ve had an hour of daylight stolen from me and I’m sticking to that) it’s just been one of those weeks. So I was happy indeed to get home and out in the fading light.  In fact it seems like no time at all since I was doing the same last year.

In the spirit of ephemeralisimo it’s interesting to see how the different light conditions change the feeling of the land. Everything seems softer, almost more gentle.  I only did around 4 miles and as I havent been out for so long the legs were great, I even did a few sprints when the feeling just took me. Run in the moment I say. The chest isn’t great but I’m still battling lurgi. Everyone in my schools seems to be infected and it’s a hanger on. I imagine running as blasting out the crap (I won’t describe the blasting of lurgi from nose while running (unless you really want me too))

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Dusk at the beach
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Dusk in the fields

 

Ephemiralisimo

Continuing yesterdays theme of made up words that arent and the nature of ephemerality todays run at the beach saw a low tide to explore. Over seven miles I took a poke around at things you can only see a few times a day if the tides are low enough.

On running matters it feels now like 7 or 8 miles is an “easy” run, the usual first few miles of meh I’m not feeling this and then into The Flow (TM Sergei)  So I’m guessing I’m slowly progressing even if I have no measurements.

So today I found the following things only seen around low tide

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#spottedtherock  You can only see these two at low tide. Nothing special about them but I like the feng shui!
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Seaweed! I keep meaning to bring a knife and big bag down with me to gather some to make some laver bread … but I always forget until I see it
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#spottedthecave  This is gouged into the base of Witches Point so only visible at low tide. I’ll have to have a nose up there one day
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At low tide you get the widest expanses of sand to run on
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Friendship however is not ephemeral. I met my buddies again who gave each other a nuzzle and nibble
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Can you see the stealth heron?

It’s an ephemeral thing

One of the reasons I love running coastlines is that they are dynamic and ephemeral. The tides ensure this, changing the patterns of the beach every six hours. You could run twice in the same day on the beach and cover the same path yet the terrain will most likely be different. Where there was rock there is now sand. Where pebbles lay in a heap there is only a rockpool. It makes every run unique and special.

I managed 8 miles of ephemerality (Warning – made up word) yesterday despite not feeling at my best. The legs were tired too soon for my liking but I kept on going doing a figure of 8 loop including a jaunt back along the clifftop. Hopefully I’ll be back in full form very soon.

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Yesterday was rock – today sand.
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I discovered at Marcross huge swathes of snails. All multicoloured and making running on the rocks even trickier as it breaks my heart when I accidentally tread on wildlife
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Marcross – More sand! Very rarely do you get sand here. Where’s it all coming from?
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Inov8 XTalon print – Hey look I’m not heel striking!
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Humans create the ephemeral too – Like this driftwood shelter
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My route off the beach and up to the clifftop! 

Cabin Fever

Still feeling a bit ropey

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Bit ropey ….. geddit?

But it’s half term week and its just Trouble the cat and I in the house together. We are approaching that episode of Steptoe and Son where they divide the room with a painted white line

 

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Trouble – I dont think Koko has much competition in the cuteness stakes

So despite not feeling great I had to get to the beach and actually managed 7 miles. Wasn’t the greatest run physically but it certainly picked me up mentally. Thats what running does for you folks!

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Kinda grey but who cares
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I also discovered a new kind of fungi which I shall call discarded chewing gumgi

And now im off to bed again