Letting it Slip

Didn’t realise it had been a while since my last blog.  I’ve so much enjoyed writing here and I will try my best not to let it slip.

So what’s new I hear you ask?  Well I’ve signed up for another marathon (Loch Ness 2015) and I’ve rekindled my love of trails.  I have also managed to get my mileage up to something resembling decent after my erm … alcohol related gravity fail (or at least that’s what I’m calling it!)

I’ve even started swimming again for some early morning training!  Ended up forking out for some prescription goggles too and they make a massive difference.  They are fantastic.

I’m hoping to run 700 miles this year which will now be a bit of challenge, but it won’t be impossible.  Today I ran the Culloden 10k in the most hideous weather and that actually took me over my previous most miles in a year total with just over 2 months to go, so I’m pretty chuffed with that.

So a little recap on what has been going on.  On Friday I decided to up my game and I ran to and from work.  Total of just over 11 miles and a well deserved pint of Guinness that evening 🙂

Then on Saturday I was Run Director at Aberdeen parkrun on Saturday which was fun and everything went well, so that is always a bonus 🙂

I was so desperate for a run though I ended up driving to a local woodland and giving my trail shoes an outing.  I’ve discovered that they are a bit neat and pinched my toes, so time for an upgrade, but that will need to wait till pay day.

Here are some pictures of the route, which I hasten to add has changed slightly and is now just a bit shorter, so I was running round the car park like an idiot determined to reach 3 miles!

Colours in the forest
Colours in the forest
Ray of sunshine between the trees
Ray of sunshine between the trees
What a view
What a view

So on to today.  The 10k I was running is a beautiful course around Culloden battlefield near Inverness.  The battlefield itself is an eerie place and today because it is located on a moor, it was so windy I wondered if I would be able to make it round.

Thankfully I had a chauffeur, so I didn’t have to drive (thanks Ann) and we had a really good run up.  On the way though we did find out that some of our friends had had a car breakdown and that although they were now on their way, they thought they may be a little late.  Thankfully we were able to pick up some of their numbers and in the end they made it on time.

As soon as we got out of the car the wind hit.  Actually I struggled to get the car door open, so I knew this wasn’t going to be the easiest of runs and the rain wasn’t helping either.

I set of steady and had company from Kristi most of the way, but she outran me today.  My legs were tired from upping my miles and the wind was not helping my breathing, but still I wasn’t too far behind in the end 🙂

Had a fantastic bowl of soup and a cheese scone at the visitor centre cafe and caught up with all of our other friends who were running before we headed home.  All in all a good day out despite the weather.

Was really pleased as I often struggle in windy conditions and although it was difficult today I made it round.

I don’t have any more races planned for this year, but looking forward to keeping my miles up so I’m in good shape for the winter 🙂


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