Saturday 21 December 2019

I'n not done yet.....

I went for a run today, or rather I jogged across waterlogged fields, along a lane that resembled a muddy river before saying hello to a posse of mainly skewbald horses on the steep part of Castle Hill.  
Oh, and it was raining.  
 It was my first run for 88 days and in spite of inclement weather it felt so good to don my studs in the early morning and to feel wind and rain on my face again.  After the big C and drastic treatment, it had seemed doubtful whether I'd ever run again.
Friendly horses on Castle Hill  (Click to enlarge picture)
 I'd set my mind on December 21st because at each Solstice a Folk Group, Thieving Magpie, dance on Castle Hill to greet the sun on the longest or shortest day.  But they weren't there today, I assume because Winter Solstice this year occurs on the 22nd!  
I'll probably go again tomorrow.
Besides all the rain we've had some mixed weather in the Dales.
We've had mist, making it feel quite atmospheric,
a blanket of snow 
and occasionally a beautiful sunrise,
but unfortunately I've felt too knackered to enjoy it.  
Perhaps that will change over Christmas and New Year when Old Runningfox will attempt to acquaint himself with local trails again.


  1. Welcome back Old Runningfox , it is really good to hear from you again with a new posting and 4 stunning pics . Indeed you are not done yet Gordon . Antonio .

    1. Thanks Antonio, hope to see you around again in the coming year, but don't think I'll be able to keep up with you.
      Merry Christmas

  2. Glad to hear you're feeling better!
    Except for the horses our runs today seem similar -- muddy and slippery :)
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Great to hear from you again Barbara. You must be having the same relentless rain we're having, making the ground waterlogged and muddy. Keep going and a Merry Christmas to you too.

  3. That is good new to hear that you were able to get out there and run. Glad you are feeling better.

    1. Thanks Karen. It's not so much running but jogging and wee bits of walking in between. But it certainly feels good to be out there again. Have a nice Christmas.

  4. So lovely to see this post from you.
    I'm pleased that you were able to get out and about, your photographs are beautiful.

    I do hope your wonderful running partner is also recovering well from the hip operation.

    My thoughts and good wishes to you both.

    All the best Jan

    1. I'm pleased to be out again in spite of nasty underfoot conditions. My partner had a bursa on her hip for which she's had a cortico-steroid injection. No operation! Hopefully we'll soon be running together again.
      Complements of the season to you.