Skipness Castle Walk

Skipness Castle Walk

After the TT10K yesterday, I have given my legs a wee rest- no run today. Instead, @TheWelshWookie and I went for a walk around Skipness Castle. Skipness is a small village, located a few miles south of Tarbert. Although it is nearby, it has been a while since we’d been there.

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I haven’t really tried out the camera feature on my Asus Iconia, and so we decided that a visit to Skipness Castle might put it through its paces.

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We were delighted to see that the Castle has had a lot of work done since we last visited, and you can now go inside part of the castle, where the interior rooms have been restored with floorboards, so that you can better imagine what it would have been like to live and work there.

You can even go onto the roof, which offers some pretty good views of the Isle of Arran. It’ll be spectacular on a sunny day!

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We walked up a track road, and found this lovely building, newly restored:

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And, of course, we stopped off at Stonefield Farm & Coffee Shop on the way home. @TheWelshWookie had cheesecake; I had Cranachan Sponge. Yum!

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Over the coming week, I’m busy on a couple of evenings, so I’ll be keeping my running light- ready to start my 10K training in earnest next week, preparing for the GSR 10K in October.

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It’s Nice to Have Time Off :)

It’s Nice to Have Time Off :)

As I say, in today’s post title, it’s nice to have some time off (so much so, I’m saying it twice!). I finished work at lunchtime today, and I’m off until Monday. I guess that makes today my Friday, then?

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Today’s stats:

Run: No running for me today, as it’s taper time, I’m working on stretching, so I’ll do some yoga and some NTC stretching later.

Time: 30 mins walk, 30 mins yoga, 15 mins stretching

One yoga track I plan to listen to today:  Wonderful Life, Black. Very chill.

So, like the rest of the UK, we’ve had a thunder shower this morning, but only one, fortunately!

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This was the view from my office window today, as the rain started to pour down! 😦 It’s still very warm outside, and by the time I arrived home at around 12.30, the rain had stopped 🙂

@TheWelshWookie and I have been for a walk this afternoon, along the harbour and down to the ferry terminal. Of course, we had to pop into the cafe for coffee and cake!

I’ve had a lovely, lazy afternoon, reading this month’s copy of Women’s Running magazine, which arrived yesterday:

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There’s an interesting article in it about stretching, particularly in warm ups, and whether they are beneficial, or potentially problematic:

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For me, it depends on the length of the run. If it’s a shortie, I’ll really just do a warm-up jog. If it’s a longer run, I’ll start with a set of dynamic stretches: knee highs, butt kicks, and a short warm-up jog. I’ll usually finish my run with a walk home, followed by Kara Goucher’s running stretches from NTC. This seems to work well for me, and I’ve been fortunate in staying injury free (here’s hoping this continues!).

Today’s life lesson: It’s usually sensible to wear a jacket when rain showers are forecast…..

What’s your view of stretching, before or after a run?

A Castle Walk

A Castle Walk

Hope you’ve all had a Happy Hump Day today- here’s some Wednesday Wit in case you haven’t… it sums up how I feel after a weekend of excess! 😀

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Today’s stats:

Run: Nope, not today. It was a strength day, so I did NTC’s 45 minute Intermediate Get Strong. It was tough! I’ll do a 15 minute stretch later, too.

Time: 45 mins

Best track while doing high-knees:  Soak Up The Sun, Sheryl Crow. Very appropriate today!

As the warm, sunny weather is continuing, I headed out for a walk after dinner. Tonight, I took a stroll around Tarbert Castle, which overlooks the village. Would you like to see it?

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It has recently undergone quite a bit of restoration work: it dates back to Robert the Bruce’s time.

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Here’s a picture of the harbour through one of the windows:

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Here’s the views across the village and out towards Loch Fyne from the Castle:

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Beautiful, huh?

If you’d like to know more, visit http://www.tarbertcastle.info/

Today’s life lesson: Move the coffee table before you do planks and press ups; you’re less likely to bang your head 😉

What’s the best viewpoint in your town or village?