Mainly because it's become far too commercialized I've begun to hate the stressful build-up to
|4 miles in memory of 'Mad Dog' at 11am Boxing Day...(Click to enlarge)|
Christmas and always heave a huge sigh of relief when the shopping is over, all the cards sent, presents sorted out and we can eventually get around to the actual process of celebrating; eating, drinking and being more than usually merry. Regardless of advice from my Consultant I eat and drink just about everything I shouldn't, as long as I have an adequate amount of relevant medication to bung or un-bung my stupid growling gut on the increasing occasions it starts to erupt. I really must begin treating it with a little more respect in 2015. Honest Doc! Problem is, I've lived on steak nearly all my life and reluctant to change to something I don't really like. Besides, other menus might be a little more complicated and take longer to prepare than four minutes under the grill. Quick and easy is how I like things.
|One of my many Christmas prezzies....highly recommended|
Needless to say, quite a lot of running got done over the festive period, 39 miles to be precise, over a
|Sunrise over Rascarrel Bay at 8.49 on our morning run.......|
The bulk of our running was done in Scotland, always before breakfast, setting off in darkness in
|Guess which way we went? Left, of course.......|
|That shaggy stallion and his entourage.....|
|Running at 25ºF by Rascarrel Bay......needed a jacket!|
A phone call told me our afternoon Church service was cancelled. The minister was ill. Just as well
|Casting a long shadow.......Grimwith reservoir|
|Running down to Grimwith......|
Oh, and the only other resolution my wonderful partner and I have made is to do one or two Park Runs together. I might agree to the 'one' bit of that resolution! Happy New Year everyone.......
For anyone interested here are a couple of maps showing routes we ran over the festive period:
First up is the circular route we ran on four mornings from GR: NX 822 494, our hired cottage at Balcary Bay. Garmin said it was 4.80 miles with 755ft of ascent. The narrow cliff path from Balcary Point to Airds Point is not for the faint hearted. Better to get it over while it's still dark!
And say 'Hello' to the wild horses after Loch Mackie.
Second up is a bit of the proposed U3A walking route (which we ran) with a Start/Finish at GR: SE 063 640, the parking lot by Grimwith Reservoir. Garmin measures it at 4.97 miles with 804ft ascent.
Happy running everyone...