A Ridiculous Run

A Ridiculous Run

I’ve entitled this post ‘A Ridiculous Run’ for two main reasons:

1. Some of the hills we tackled today were so steep, it was ridiculous:

2. I went out, looking nothing short of ridiculous!

After such a lazy day yesterday, I was looking forward to getting out in the fresh air, and blowing away some of the cobwebs. Also, I wanted to run, in honour of fellow running blogger 278toBoston’s first ever marathon, which he is running today.

@TheWelshWookie had a complete moment of madness, and suggested that, instead of running our usual route, we should go off road, and run one of the trails behind Tarbert Castle. It sounded like a great idea!

I started with an espresso, though:

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We decided to run with camelbaks, instead of using hand held water bottles. And it was raining. So I’m sure that I’ll have drawn some weird looks!

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Instead of heading straight for the Castle, we decided to tackle my nemesis from the TT10K: Big Brae. So, we did. And we ran up most of it. Result! We then ran/walked the blue route, which takes in some of the steeper hills along the trail.

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We ran up the hills, and walked some of the straight and downhill sections, to make the most of the day. It was tough, but in a good way!

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Some of the viewpoints along the way give some great views down towards the village.

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We ran past the Millennium Cairn, where is was particularly muddy today, due to the rain. It actually felt great, to be caked in mud for a change! Weird, huh?

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I need to admit that the final mile and a half was virtually all walking: the downhill sections were pretty steep, and I don’t have great balance at the best of times. But, we got out there, and we did it!

And the heather was blooming:

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Here’s a map of my run today:

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When I returned home, I caught up on 278toBoston’s progress: marathon done in 4:14:32 – amazing! Well done, what an achievement! I hope that some of the cooler air from here made its way over to you 😉

Today’s Stats:

Run: 4 mile trail run/walk

Weather: cloudy, with both rain showers and sunny spells

Trainers: LunarFly GTX +3

Favourite Running Track of the Day:

Today’s Life Lesson: sometimes the tough runs are the ones you enjoy most!

What do you find yourself thinking about when you run?

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12 thoughts on “A Ridiculous Run

  1. That heather is beautiful! You live in a gorgeous part of the country (though an incredibly hilly part of the country!). M and I really do need to visit Scotland at some point.

    1. Thanks! If you get the chance, it really is worth a visit: as long as you pack your trainers, waterproofs and midge repellent! 😉

  2. That sounds like an awesome run/hike. This weekend I sat in a camp hair, drinking beer most of the day. We managed to go on two different hikes, one was 2 miles, and one was a mile and a half. I did run up a long flight of stairs, that left me incredibly winded, but never let go of my beer:)… I think it still counts as exercise, but now, after reading this…feel foolish! 🙂

  3. When running a particularly hilly route I tend to curse my selection while struggling on the way up, but end up coming around if there is a nice view from the top (or a quicker way down 🙂

    Beautiful photos from your run!

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