Things That Will Be Missed Part 1 – #RunE1Trail #GetOutside

 

I once had someone to spend my time with.  Someone who I thought would be beside me for the rest of my life, but that wasn’t meant to be.  The gap that should be there however, is filled with a love for the Lake District fells.  Their unpredictable temperament, their harsh terrain and the beautiful simplicity of moving around them.

To all the fells of the Lake District…

I will miss you!

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The Season Of Mixed Emotions

Taking a time out to enjoy the view and colours.

I find Autumn to be an odd month.  It comes with a sense of loss as Summer ends and those warm and relaxed days are replaced by days that start and end in the dark, the temperature drops and the winter moodiness sets in, but at the same time it’s full of sense of joy and wander as the countryside transforms.  Gone is the green and in comes the varying shades ranging from yellow to red.

It’s also that time of year when people find a myriad of excuses to not get outside.  I would have been one of these people, but luckily, my training bud organised me into an early Sunday run.  No excuses we’re made today and it was glorious.  I’m amazed at how lucky I am to live where I do, so I’ll stop using words and hope that the pictures will do this mornings views some justice. 🙂


Being shown new trails is always great fun.

Running through the mist that was clinging to the rocky edge.

Chatsworth estate, where all the trees have folaige that starts at exactly the same height.

Run done, so time for breakfast and tea.

An Unexpected Post From LeJog

 

"It's a long road to wisdom and a short one to being ignored" The Lumineers

“It’s a long road to wisdom and a short one to being ignored” The Lumineers

At some point along running the length of the UK I typed this.  It was on Day 24 apparently, but I have no real recollection of where I was or why I didn’t post it.  I only happened to find it because I peaked at the draft posts I have to see if I could finish any of them and reduce the backlog of typing.  So instead of reducing the backlog, I’m sharing a random and typically philosophical set of words.

DAY 24

At some point, we all realise what we are supposed to have done long ago.  It doesn’t matter that you didn’t do it earlier and it doesn’t matter that you have nothing to say or no way to express what it is that you are experiencing.  If only the lack of words was because I’d reached that fabled place called wisdom.

“A wise man speaks little and says lots. A foolish man speaks lots and says little.”

Stepping Out Of The Suck

3:45am and the alarm sets off.  I awake to the sound of music, but motivation is distinctly lacking.  It’s windy, rainy, cold and I’m up before the sun!

Sometimes you just have to embrace the internal dulldrum and step out, and small things provide just enough of a nudge to get you moving.  This morning I’m glad I did for two reasons…

 

Reason 1 – Rain doesn’t always suck

  

Reason 2 – Even a dull field is interesting with magnificent skies


Have great Tuesday! 

A Two Year Journey In Pictures…

There is more to this journey than the posts on this blog. On deciding to make the whole Le Jog attempt public for a good cause, I deleted all the old posts, most of which served as a training log. Here’s the journey in the form of pictures, a past time I picked up from my Grandfather, who passed away due to several strokes and who the run is in memory of.

First Week Ever With 100 miles Of Running!!

Well, when I say 100, I mean 99.9!!

Blisters from two weeks ago are healing up and I’ve used it as an opportunity to test out different ways of covering and treating them.  This is going to be really useful come summer time, when I’m running 1206miles barefoot across the UK.

I’ve also started to break in my Luna sandals.  I really love running in them, and since barefoot is a little out till I have replacement foot skin in place, they are the next best thing.

I’m a little surprised how quickly we recover and how straight forwards 100 miles of running was.  It’s done wanders for my confidence in my summer challenge, but I will have to try a 200 mile week later this year!!  Sounds completely insane, but the kniwledge that I’m capable of it will make all the difference in those inevitabl low points.

Hope you’ve all had a great week and here’s to the week ahead 🙂

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Nights Like This Make The Impossible Less Daunting 

Sometimes, there are doubt whether we will complete impossible tasks we set ourselves.  My legs were tired from gunning the hills, by broken blisters had filled with grit and my shins where cut to ribbons from the brambles.

Still, once the Sun put on its show, it was as if nothing else really mattered.  I suddenly realised that actually, I can get through anything if I just remember to see the beauty of what is around me.

   

             

Testing Out Plan C #BareFootLeJog

Normally, a bank holiday involves a lie in, lazy morning and then possibly a visit to the local boozer.  I need to cut down on the alcohol so, 4am start to the day, couple of coffees and out the door.

Was shown a super route around Lathkill Dale, which is a mere 10 miles from me, but an area I’ve never run!!  

Post 11 miles leg teaser, a little Easter Sunday polish food left overs and back to Buxton, to pick up a local runner for a mini route recce.  A little bit of slow adventuring, some of my favourite running places finally got linked up in reality and then some lunch.  So, slightly shy of 20 miles in and I’m leading a trail run with Buxton AC runners.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an incredible display of lights from my favourite burning ball of gas…

The Sun 😊

Plan C for the barefoot 120 miler this summer is 28-33 miles, which if I feel as I do today, after training, then it should be doable.  Now I’m just going to repeat today’s shenanigans tomorrow to see what happens to my legs on Wednesday.  

And I’m completely in love with my Luna Venado sandals.   They are really not meant for trails, but now that they’ve started to bed and mould to my feet, they are just amazing! 

Here’s some snaps from my phone to prove how great a day it’s been