Ultrarunning here we come 👏

Before the lovely pandemic came along, I was all set to do my first Ironman in Mallorca in two months time. Of course the chaos causing, ill making and sadly sometimes fatal Covid is not lovely but wit and sarcasm are essential to get through this time plus in some aspects there has been upsides. It has been a soul searching time for many including me.

The Ironman was of course cancelled and initially I thought oh sod it I’ll just do it the following year and maybe even get an ok time rather than just trying to finish it without dying. But the more time has passed the more I have found myself dreaming about the things I wanted to do after my Ironman was done, namely a few ultras and some ultra running dream runs from here to there. I’ve watched so many documentaries, read many books and felt my Achilles relent and give into my will as I take it on more hilly trail runs than it used to allow me to do.

So after a wonderful night celebrating my birthday with my husband and many many many drinks we came to the conclusion why not just do the Ultras in 2021 as always planned and he might even join me too as he has also developed a keen interest. I will just have to do the Ironman later on once I have another year or two of running under my belt. Just put that bucket list into reverse baby its still all doable yeah.

Unfortunately the Ultra I really fancied is already booked up for 2021. Can you believe that?? Still, we will look through many others and have a think. There are a surprising number to choose from. Ideally we are looking for one in the UK to minimise the risk of foreign adventures being cancelled etc, you know Covid and all that. We also discussed simply running the West Highland Way or Coast to Coast. As you do when you are knocking back multiple brandies and feel like you are invincible.

I’m sat here listening to another album from the top 100 Rolling Stones list. It’s Bruce Springsteen ‘Born in the USA’. The album is really great, loving it so far and a big improvement on the Pink Floyd album ‘The Wall’ which (sorry) bored me to tears. I’m told on good authority I should, however, listen to the Dark Side of the Moon so will do that soon.

I’ve not managed much in the way of cycling this week. I got out for just one, one hour bike ride but it was hilly at least. I’ll try and manage more next week. Running wise it was a great week though. I did a very sweaty, hot and hilly run on Tuesday up Werneth Low and down. This run never gets boring, stunning views, varying trails, soft fields and usually a lot of sheep to look at on the way. We are so lucky to have this beautiful countryside on our doorstep. Thursday saw a cooler, flatter 4 miler along a local canal. I really enjoy running along the canal. The wonderful combination of trail and flat makes it quite fast and easy on the joints and you are usually protected from the sun by the trees too.

Today we went out on the train again and then ran back 16km over hill and dale. It’s a lot of fun even if it was a little fast at the beginning (my porridge belly complained slightly). We found some new hilly paths to run along and the views at the top were spectacular, especially up on Lantern Pike, see pictures below.

Probably tmi but I’m delighted now that I’m able to take a pee outside on a run. For some odd reason this was not something I could do before and its very useful if you are running a long way with no pubs in sight! So I will admit to having a little ‘hands in the air woohoo’ moment after, get me I’m a real adventurer now 😝.

In our last few kilometres we were running downhill through Forrest and I noticed my eyesight go blurry. This is not the first time this has happened, I’ve noticed it a few times. I’m not sure what causes it. I am short sighted and don’t wear my glasses running but I can see perfectly fine until I’m in the woods. It feels as if a mist is in front of my eyes and its not overly pleasant or useful when you are negotiating wet/stony ground on a slant. Still it clears again as soon as the trees part and the sun gets through. I can see this view below though, perfect 😍.

Why I run
The happy smile belies how out of breath I was moments before 😆

So this coming week I will finally get to try my hand at swimming again (hurrah hurrah!!). After a few months of physio and doing my exercises to rebuild strength in my shoulders I’ve been given the go ahead and I may try swimming. It’ll be outdoor swimming as the pools aren’t open yet but I’m very excited about giving it a go again 👏😁.

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