This posting will be short with apologies for any typos or mistakes.
Another syringeful of triamcinalone into the ball of my Rt eye today has put paid to any thoughts of running for X number of days, though I'm hoping to be out again by weekend.
|Over the stile to Grassington Moor on a braw day (Click to enlarge pictures)
Viewing the world through a mixture of milk and shirt buttons tends to mask all those obstacles I'm very good at falling over.
|Dodging ice across Grassington Moor
But I managed to dodge the rain again last week for my two midweek dawn runs whilst Sunday possibly turned out to be the best day of the month weather-wise.
|and more ice...
My wonderful partner may disagree about the latter. She feels the cold far more than I do so was well wrapped up in warm tracksters and Buffalo jacket.
|Running in the sun, past Teal Tarn
It was cold, freezing cold and sub zero temperatures had frozen all the track-wide puddles up the ghyll and across Grassington Moor. We'd to run a zig-zag chicane to avoid them.
|Grassington boundary stone. Over the wall is a very wet Hebden Moor
It isn't everyone's idea of fun or choice of exercise which more or less guarantees we have the moor to ourselves in such conditions. Apart from a few sheep and some lucky surviving grouse we saw but one other intrepid couple who, to be honest, didn't look very happy.
|Another typical obstacle
Initially, we'd the luxury of wall to wall sunshine but it clouded over for the last three miles or so as we sloshed through ankle deep sphagnum moss. It might be good for hanging baskets but it gave us very cold feet
|Dodging ankle deep sphagnum - where we could
Gateways were awash with water too, requiring some clever maneuvering to pass through into the next morass.
|How do we get through here?
TomTom told us we'd run 7.41 miles with a little short of 800ft of ascent.
Not a bad little workout to round off the week.