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Today, I Have Been Mostly... by Rob_Barber


 Always hated running! For some strange reason though, ever since watching that very first London Marthon in 1981, I've kept on watching,&nb...

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  • Still Soaring...


    Oct29201410:15 p.m.

    I was having a week off from running. A bit of free space for a head that had been unusually anxious in the lead up to a race. No ordinary race.

    My 8th marathon this year, although none since May, my 13th marathon in all. I have done it enough times now to understand just how tough it can be running 26.2 miles. The miles I'd run in Snowdonia's marathon last year had been the toughest so far. Seriously under-trained this time too, so yes, I was anxious.

    But ladies and gentlemen, didn't they all do well Smile. Not just in their running of Snowdonia, not just in their freindship and togetherness and the drinking of the beer, but in their write ups too. Fantastic write ups Eryri Buzzers, I don't feel any need at all to add my own story to the list, for it is already there, written amongst yours, so thank you Smile.

    Yesterday we were treated to a works day out, or team building exercise if you will. Running was back on the cards quicker than I'd imagined it would be. Somewhat different running to normal, camouflaged up in the woods and with a modified M16 Laughing.

    Today, opportunity. Half term holidays can be good for us adults after all. I'd 3 days booked off work for a jolly down to Legoland. Mrs B forgot to tell me that she'd not actually booked the half way stop we'd originally planned.

    Too much tarmac and not enough trails has been the story of my running of late, you know, thinking about Snowdonia, and dark winter nights will again restrict me to the roads. The call of the hills was there to be answered.

    It was cold on the car park at Bwlch Penbarras, but the air was crisp and clear and the sky was blue. Snowdon's horseshoe and the summit itself was all there plain as day on the horizon. We never got to see her amidst Saturday's cloud, so it was great seeing her today.

    I had no particular plan, walk a bit, run a bit, I knew neither how long nor how far, just enough time for my soul to feel satisfied. Find a new path, explore a fresh trail, drink in and soak up the splendours of all the colours of autumn in the forest and on the hills.

    Underfoot, new challenges. On steep slopes the dying back bracken layed on top of sheep trodden sandy brown mud had a particularly ice-like quality to the slipperiness of it all. Generally though, the lower slopes of the Moel Famau Country Park were kind. Tranquil beauty at its very best. Even the wetness from the grass soaking into my shoes felt good to me today.

    One moment, a raven, nothing else, just me and the raven. The sound of a solitary distant hammer hitting wood, fixing fencing in a farmer's field. A rowan tree, all berry no leaf, an explosion of brilliant red against a backdrop of green and brown. A buzzard calling from a sparsely leaved oak, then soaring gently away, and as I reached the oak of the buzzard, the perfect dome of Moel Arthur suddenly springing into view. Job done, I was a happy boy Smile.

    The day had warmed, and I was pleased to feel energetic enough to join the Offa's Dyke Path and run back along the ridge. Snowdon was once again shrouded behind her grey cloak, and I was heading towards some rain. It had gone before I got there. Pleasant conversations with some walkers on the hills, and a lovely downhill to the car.

    Training proper for the Wrexham marathon begins November 10th. If the weekend runs through winter turn out anything like this, I reckon I can cope Smile.

    Comments (12)

    • LeightonSean 'Rob you are so lucky being able to run in such a beautiful place - I like running along the canal here but it's not a patch on what you get to enjoy. It's not all about the stats is it ? It is just nice to be able to clear the head first thing in the morning - I set off in the dark today and ran home while the sun was rising and now I'm set up for the day. Good luck with your training for Wrexham.' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • libbylaird 'I can now fully appreciate the wonderful vistas and tracks you get to run through, even though your descriptions have let me picture it I can now fully appreciate it. You're very lucky indeed. Onwards and upwards to the next marathon training schedule....not that you follow a schedule!' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • bevlar 'I agree with both the above, it must be so wonderful to run in those surroundings - very lucky indeed! ' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • Ali_Dewy 'I reckon only you would take on that kind of run a few days after Snowdonia. Good effort... this is why you could run the whole way up that final hill on Saturday. I am very interested to know what this surprise is for next October by the way?? If it involves a 100mph zipwire i am in ;)' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • AngusMc 'it sounds really wonderful, I've been studying maps of the North York moors since I got back. Its going to take a bit of driving to first but I'm off out for a bit of trail pretty soon. Great meeting you at the weekend, hope its not too long before we can run together again.' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • Berlin_Bolt 'I wish I could have joined you for that run Rob, sounded perfect! Good luck with the Wrexham training. Shame you didn't make it to Legoland, it's just up the road from us! Could have dropped in for a cuppa! Zipwire?! Ha ha, I looked at that, sounds fab! :)' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'great going mr barber:) wrexham wont know whats hit it the form you are in! sub 3 hour 30? no problems!! CCCHHHHAAARRRGGEEE' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • Vin 'Well done rob. They all loved your back yard it's obvious. They all came home as predicted. Great job😄👍' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • Jennymcc 'Lucky indeed! It sounds like you are injury free now and can have a good crack at your training for Wrexham. Good luck.' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • KickAS_Kat 'Absolutely beautiful description of a cracking run and really makes me realise where our final move should be to when the last one fledges the nest. We'd been thinking southern end of the Welsh Borders, but your neck of the woods sounds perfect :) ' added 30th Oct 2014

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    • HOBSCowboy 'Lovely sir. Just marvellous to see you soar on the hills last week and read about more this week. Your passion stimulated me to head to Snowdon last weekend and I will always be indebted to you for that.' added 31st Oct 2014

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    • gloshawk 'Soar on, soar on! Yep, it's been a bit of a high chez O'B too; every time I think about the weekend, I smile. Good to get out and about again; well done yourself. I reckon you're going to be set very fair come Wrexham time! ' added 31st Oct 2014

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