Well I should have been racing today. Fell racing. It was a race that has been on my radar for a couple of years now, and one of significant importance for my long term goal - that Paddy Buckley round.
... is the most southerly of the rounds 47 peaks. At 2,329ft it is far from being the highest in Snowdonia, but the peaks in this part of Snowdonia are reputedly of an entirely different character underfoot. I've never been on them before. I was really looking forward to this opportunity to feel it out for myself, to get to meet this little mountain and its bigger brother, Moelwyn Mawr (2,526ft)...
... to run on the ridge that adjoins them and have a look at the terrain between Moelwyn Mawr and the beautiful and pointy Cnicht, the next peak on the Buckley round.
I have done a fell race on Cnicht before - it was superb!!
My day has had to be postponed for the second year in a row. I guess I'll be going up there with the walking boots.
I am gutted!
Would have been a good run out fitness wise too. From the start in Blaenau Ffestiniog the course was a kind of 'flag flapping in the breeze' shape, an out and back section connecting village to mountains, with a long rough loop in the mountains high.
My next marathon is May 4th, down in Wiltshire, and I was seeing this race as an important part of being in the right sort of shape for that.
I can't be bitter about missing it - the boy had toothache so severe last night we had to take him to A & E, and they dosed him up on morphine. Not happy with his dentist right now. Been into an emergency dentist this morning who has covered the nerve which his regular dentist had left exposed.
We've been away in Cheddar this last week. Been a good week. Britain's largest inland cliffs are homed in that famous gorge, there is much there I can appreciate. Gough's cave was amazing too.
Luckily no tooth trouble whilst we were down there. Luckily too there was Wi-Fi, so I was able to read up all the brilliant blogs that have been written about that brilliant day in London last Sunday. What a treat! What a bunch of superstars you all are :-)
The tales of your trials and triumphs have really lit the fire under my belly again. Even with the marathons I've still got planned, ditching the Cotswold Way had left me feeling rather flat.
In all honesty (and I know this is going to sound ridiculous with 5 marathons already ticked off this year) I've only been cruising along in 1st gear anyway. It is the focus on running relaxed that does it.
You have spurred me on to build the revs and go up a gear. I've run every day so far this week, even missing my race today and with everything else going on, I've still managed to get out for a pretty zippy 3 miler.
I know if everything comes together just right that I ought to be capable of achieving a "good for age" time. On the basis of the half marathon in Blackpool (where I met our pocket rocket Ali), the three different race time predictors I've looked at are all showing within a few seconds of 3:15 for the marathon.
After such sterling efforts on your part, I feel almost like I owe it to you guys to put the pedal to the metal and have a real good go at it.
If there is an attempt at that coming, it will be at the Loch Ness marathon in September. For now at least, I'd rather be on the mountains. These mountains....
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