It won't be a long blog this one, more just a statement of facts from a smashed up bashed up tired old man. It was a stunningly beautiful day out there today, one worthy of some lyrical waxing, I doubt I'd be able to do it justice just now.
Fell asleep on the sofa last night, woke up 5:30am with rotten back ache. Was tempted to head out for my run then. Decided my body would benefit more from extra sleep, some extra time to recover and restore itself. Was nearly 10am before I woke up the 2nd time . Sanded down the front windows ready for their winter coat of weatherproofing, got out for my run about lunch time.
My intention was this:
Warm up - Walk up Moel Famau, easiest route. Run / walk then across to Moel Arthur, hit the lap button everytime I switch, so I know how much running I actually have done. Find the Clifford By-way and trot along there, walk up the nose of Moel-y-Parc and then run / walk back to Moel Famau, aim for about 15 miles total distance or 3hrs time, whichever comes first. Run what I can.
This is how it went:
Lap 1 - Warm up. Walked up Moel Famau, easiest route. Mile and a half.
Lap 2 - Ran across to Moel Arthur, no walk break needed yet, found the Clifford By-way, trotted along there and was surprised to find it all uphill, didn't feel like it was all downhill in the opposite direction. As I was still running, headed straight up to the summit of Moel-y-Parc. 7.5 miles, ran the lot.
Lap 3 - Sat propped against the cairn admiring the view, enjoying the sunshine and a couple of Welsh cakes.
Lap 4 - Walked down what I'd intended to be walking up, still digesting my fodder. 3/4 of a mile.
Lap 5 - Intentionally started running as the slope kicked upwards again. Remembered why its not worth checking Garmins on runs like this. Running up a hill, then seeing your running pace is slower than walking is a bit demoralising, but I pressed on. I'd certain targets in mind. When I made it to the top of Moel Arthur, still running, I'd exceeded those targets. When I made it up the stupidly steep climb back onto the Clwydian ridge, still running, I'd blown those targets out of the water, obliterated them! Allowed myself a well earned stop at the foot of the final climb back to Moel Famau. Another 6, and very hilly miles run.
Lap 6 - Trudged very tiredly up to the top of Moel Famau, hoped the snack van would stil be on the car park when I got back down. Walked quickly to try and claim that much needed hot chocolate. 1.8 miles. Got there too late .
Just over 17.5 miles in total, 13.5 of them, I had run.
I'm knackered, but I did it !
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