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

Do whatever fills the hole in your soul

Been laid low all week with man flu type snot based illness. It comes with the territroy of working in schools, multiple schools with multiple coughs and mobile snotbags.  Some of the kids are ASD and for some reason they  all want to hold my hands and/or touch my face and hair (I’m growing my hair at the moment and it fascinates them)  You can’t really prevent them but germs are gonna get through eventually no matter how many times you wash your hands.  Price you pay for a job you love doing I guess (Plus I love the kids no matter how infectious they are)

So it’s basically been work and sleep all week but today I just had to get out and run, still feeling pretty awful but needed something to clear the head and maybe blast some fresh air through the pipes! To the beach!

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Tide was in but I wasn’t feeling like going much further anyway
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Fuck me its the Matrix only with cows!

Strangely there were no seagulls today …. Incoming storm? However check these dudes out!  My parents broughtthem back from holiday. Cheers guys you get the best presents! Sod boring t-shirts I get gulls!

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I did 3 miles and had a hop around on the rocks to cheer myself up =)  Was good to just get back out and I feel batter for it now. Luckily it’s half term so a week off, hope I get better for the rest of it so I can get out and do some proper running.

Catch you again after I’ve done some more sleeping!

Find your rainbows wherever you can

Yesterday I had planned another longish run of around 10 miles, I questioned why I was doing it – Or rather a friend questioned why I was doing it which in turn made me wonder. There’s always the small improvements each time I run which have led to a 20 mile run last week.

My next event won’t be until May next year though, I’m looking to move up from the Presceli Beast half to full race which will be tough as it’s part fellrunning.  So what am I training for now? Perhaps I should be letting everything rest before a fresh assault in the new year?  Perhaps I should just be enjoying running full stop?  In fact I am so to hammer this point home to myself Sundays run wasn’t focused on anything but running all over the beach and enjoying the technical terrain.

And what better shoes than the Inov8 Xtalons for this, I’m amazed by how grippy these things are, the rubber cleats hang on to rocks like the Boston Strangler to a neck. Someone asked me for a closeup of the soles the other day and I forgot so here you go.

They also grip superbly on slippery mud too, the only drawback being that they can clog up if the mud mixes with grass and sheep shit which does bind up and cling to the soles like thus.

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Pit stop required to remove 4 pounds of wet mud from feet

Overall though I’m absolutely loving these shoes and even better the foot is healing well now, I actually covered 8 miles on the beach just running about like a loon with no pain despite the rocks.

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Check out the wiggles!

The run was of course beautiful, less beautiful I suspect was that it was so warm I had my top off :p  Hey it’s Enjoy Yourself Sunday so I can do what I like!

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Tide going out revealing the playground
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Waterfall powered rainbows!

So yeah, lifes short so find your rainbows wherever you can!