Running in the afternoon after a busy day at work in the sun has to be one of the best ways to unwind. It used to be a bottle of wine and a massive meal. That day when it's warm enough to just slap on a pair of shorts and an old t-shirt and just go for a plod is the most rewarding time of the running year for me. Yes finishing a race is good but the real soul of it all is that run. Im having a great time training at the moment but the funny thing is I have no races or goals. I am simply enjoying running again. It's a rare thing but when its here the world seems a great place.
I have just got back from a 7 day Holiday/Expedition in the remote parts of north-west Scotland. We kayaked out to an island on a huge loch and wild camped there for a few days in our hammocks. Enjoying the sun, drinking single malt whiskeys and even going for a swim. The weather was fantastic. We finished it off with a road trip to the Isle Of Skye which I have to say is one of the most stunning places in the UK.
Anyway so training resumes and this week was hard for me with a
- Wednesday 3 Miler
- Thursday swim
- Friday 4 miler
Looking forward to a great weekend of running.
A slippy, wet,cold and hard run this afternoon but a nice way to finish off the working week. Plans are in place for some great races coming up.
This is the first run of this winter where I let out a little YELP! as I clambered out of my van to go for a run in the hills. The reason for this uncontrollable wimpy noise was because of the cold. Up here in the high grounds of North Wales it tends to be a few degrees colder than other places and with the wind it’s just not sociable. That or my old body just can’t hack it anymore.
A pleasant 3 miles unfolded after the yelp. I need to get some trail running shoes because I was all over the place in the mud.
Went for a six miler this morning along the beach front with a mate of mine who recently finished The Snowdon Marathon in under 3.5 hours. Cold and crisp with no wind, perfect for a nice Sunday plod. Always a pleasure to run with someone else.
I had a great 2014 with regards to running. I never thought I would finish another marathon and with a sprinkling of half marathons used as training runs the last 12 months were some of the best fun I have had running in years. This year…………well I am undecided. I don't know if I want to commit myself to doing another marathon.
Anyway whatever happens I'm looking forward to it. I stayed off the booze and away from the celerbrations last night. My kids were tired I was tired and we just sacked it. Got up early and went for a 3 miler this morning in the howling wind down the beach front.
Happy New Year I hope you have a happy healthy 2015.
I was kindly sent a bottle of Ovivo to try a few weeks ago. I usually don’t bother with any sort of health supplements but thought I would give it a go. In the blurb that came with the product it says ” Olive leaf extract is widely considered the ultimate natural defender of your immune system having several hundred per cent greater antioxidant capacity than vitamin C and many more polyphenols (antioxidants from plant foods) than extra-virgin olive oil”
When I got the bottle I was a bit reluctant to try It simply because I was afraid it was taste rancid but it was in fact very pleasant. I spent a month trying it out. During that period I was watching what I ate taking plenty of fluids and yes with that I felt great during the run up to Christmas.
You can get this from Boots, Wholefoods, Holland & Barrett and independent health stores.
After training hard over the summer months I decided to take a break from blogging and running in an effort to get my motivation back. I have had a good year by my standards and I am now making plans for next year. I am thinking about taking on the 1500 miles in a year challenge. This should keep in the races with a view to doing at the very least a race a month.
We will see. Back to the plodding.