The Long Road Back to Llanberis.

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Rob Barber

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The Long Road Back to Llanberis.

2019.

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This time, it really is personal.

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It Wasn't Me

Strange. I really thought this moment would feel like good news. I though it would be glorious. "You've got to get that knee moving..." She said "... get on your bike and pedal it sat down, start building strength and movement ready for the physio" I ha...

Some Progress At Last

Bang a tune on to go with this one if you wanna 😊 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af8htbs8RmI So the re-build begins. Lovely surprise in work Tuesday. Phone call. "Hello, Mr Barber, I'm calling from the booking centre, we have an appointment available ...

When a PB is not a PB

I'm still figuring out how I really feel about my parkrun outing this morning, so this might turn out a load of gobbledygook, or it just might turn into something of use. I always try to write something that (1) I might actually enjoy reading myself if ...

OK Then, Let's See What We Ca...

I am a man with 17 official marathons under my belt. I am a man who runs up and down mountains for fun. I am a man who can knock out 100 miles on a bike. I am a man who loves a challenge and seeks to walk the tightrope between failure and success... It ...

Race The Train.

Monday it was when the thought solidified in my mind. My knee is not as restrictive as it was. I'm progressively able to do more. I'm off work. If I can get to the mountain, maybe, just maybe, I can go up the mountain too. On Sunday I walked over our h...

Red, White and Blue

What is happening on Realbuzz? Where have all the blogs gone? I've got my excuse and I'm sticking to it, I'm injured so I've got no running to write about. It is definitely running that provides me with the inspiration to write. Ok, and walking sometim...

5k? It's A Walk In The Park

Well my fellow 'Buzzers, I am happy to report that I am enjoying some progress with the knee 😊. It still hurts, it hurts most minutes of most days, and I'm still restricted in what I am able to do.  What I am able to do though does seem to be on the in...

Push It, Push It Good

Once again I feel I must apologise for what must seem like me being absent from here. Truth is I have been here, trying to read everyone's blogs, but I am struggling at the moment. To be my normal positive self seems almost impossible right now. I begin...

Inspired Again

Put a shift in volunteering at our new local parkrun at Erddig this morning. Surprised anyone turned up at all really to be honest. It was party night on a grand scale round Wrexham last night after Wales' fantastic victory in the football, and we've a ...

Wonder Woman

Diana Prince. Princess Diana of Themyscira. (I had to look that up 😃) I'm not a comic book nerd, though I do find myself a definite fan of Wolverine, but when the thought in my head is "Superwoman" I'm pretty certain it was Supergirl. There were three ...

The Blog I Wasn't Going To Write

I mean, who the hell am I to be writing blogs about Hawkesbury Upton weekend anyway? I did not run at Chipping Sodbury parkrun. I have no right to be blogging about that. I did not run 2 hours later at Hawkesbury Upton. I have no right to be blogging ab...

Sometimes Not Going To Plan T...

After a beautiful week weather wise, my boy's school sports day was cancelled on Friday 😡. Why? Because there was a forecast of rain 😮‼️Compensation culture and fear of litigation ruining things for everyone 😟. Had a day booked off work for it too. N...

In The Words Of The Dragons...

I'M OUT!!!   It has been a difficult couple of weeks. There'll be no more running for a while, and I have to get my head in a place where I can cope with that. Until now, whatever injuries I've had, I've been able to keep on going. There may have been o...

Two Firsts, No, Three 😃!!

  I expect we will be seeing Sir Nicholas of Parkrun pretty soon 😊. Yes folks, today is the day that Wrexham finally got its own parkrun 👍👍. News of that ilk can only be good right 😊? There were quite a few first time park runners there today. This ...

If At First You Don't Succeed...

... Try Again But A Little Bit Different !! Saturday last I found myself taking a kicking. After a marathon PB at Manchester, something I'd hoped I'd be able to build on, Yorkshire's 3 Peaks Race had got me all nervous. I'd like to say scared and excite...

Three Peaks Race

6am start. Bad one. No porridge. 2.5 hours drive towards a 4 or 5 hour fell race. Need porridge. Disaster! Why didn't I listen to myself last night and put them in the car then? I'm half way along the M56 when the realisation hits me that I forgot to p...

The Earth Spins Fast

What do you write about in a blog when you don’t really know where to start? I’m sat on a rock with a drop of maybe 30 feet or so below me, and it is (almost) literally outside my back door. Moel Famau, the mother hill, makes a grand silhouette against ...

Manchester Then - The Truth O...

I want to write this now before that truth gets tainted by the feelings that will inevitably arise out of the results of this run today. I want to record the truth of it in particular for those first time marathoners heading off to London in a couple of...

Manchester, You're Gonna Be S...

I've wanted to write this post for a while, but its taken this long to find out if I could. It will be the last before I journey east, ooh, for all of about an hour, on Saturday for the Realbuzz meet up at Jenny and Red Dave's, and then lace up the shoe...

F****** Hell, it's next weeke...

How the blazes did that happen? Where on Earth did the time go? You lot running London can stop laughing 😃! Your turn to feel like this is coming, and a whole lot faster than you think! So the plan, all you marathoners know: Slowly build, slowly build...

Peak Week In The Trough

So for this Manchester marathon malarkey I have for once done as everyone with any sense does - I have trained 🙀. Yeah - me - training - I know! It's been a short training block for journeying from absolute zero (yes 2 months is enough for all previous...

Let me tell you something you...

All the Rocky fans know what's coming... Vin the warrior and all of his fans know what's coming... Hollywood knows what's coming... "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will...

An Unexpected High

And you 'buzzers, especially those who've been reading my ramblings the longest, you know how much I like to get high . No I don't mean recreational drugs, cor, what must you think of me?  Of course I mean a fell race, my favourite and the bestest drug ...

Bad Week, Good Week?

It's only Wednesday, probably a bit too early to say. First off, I have to confess I am finding it really difficult at the moment keeping up with everyone's blogs. I have managed to read some but not all. With typing, I'm a man whose words per minute wo...