parkrunday: Town Moor #547

Back on the Moor today! No photo as I forgot to take one and I’m blogging too early to wait for the official ones.

I tried for sub-30 with Geth pacing again. Unfortunately it just wasn’t happening this morning – the magic shoes struggle a bit on the gravel of the moor paths – but I did manage 31:39, staying consistent with recent improvements. I’m going to keep trying, and if I’ve not managed it by the time of the GNR then I’ll give it a bit more focus in the autumn.

It’s still hot

We’re well into August and I’m usually a bit sick of summer by now, but this year I’m quite enjoying it, probably because the weather has been nice. It’s been a little too hot when out running but it’s really lovely to sit in the house with the windows open and the sunshine coming in.

Plans for the weekend are (a) running and (b) lounging around.

Reclaiming bits of house

I took back a bit of the garage today – the bit that was full of empty cardboard boxes being kept in case I needed them. I don’t need them – I’m not moving house any time soon – and there’s no point in them taking up space, even when it’s a ‘good box’. There will always be more coming into the house as that is the way of things, and so there’ll always be one or two around if I do need them for postal packaging etc.

Recycling bin will be nice and full for the next couple of months!

Wanderings in southwest Scotland

We had a good wander today with Mum and Dad, visiting Torbridge Stone Circle, Druchtag Motte, St Ninian’s Cave and Isle of Whithorn. We even found a previously-unfound red phone box for my collection!

St Ninian's Cave
The cave was actually closed to visitors due to recent rockfall activity, but it was a nice walk. Photo (c) John Cooke 2022.

Lovely day for it and it looks like we might have good weather back at home as well. Heading back tomorrow.

Miles in again

I did a 10-miler on quiet country roads this morning. It felt nice and steady and was a real confidence booster for the GNR in five weeks’ time. I continue to be amazed by how well my spondylitis medication is working – all the pain and stiffness that was stopping me from running properly on my long runs (and often my short runs) is just gone. I’m really excited about going forward with my longer-distance running now.

After three good running days in a row I’m looking forward to some gentle one-milers over the next few days.

parkrunday: Crichton #163

Ticking off the last of the three parkruns currently available for the southwest corner of Scotland. Crichton is a lovely setting as it’s a big park with lots of old medical buildings dotted around. However, I didn’t really notice any of that as I was going round today, as I was killing myself trying to get sub-30 (paced by Geth)!

Running parkrun
Trying my hardest to keep up! Photo (c) John Cooke 2022.

Crichton, I would say, has ‘medium undulation’. It’s not insanely hilly but it’s certainly not flat. As such, it felt much harder than doing the pancake-flat Agnew a fortnight ago. I didn’t quite get my sub-30 – I finished in 30:25 – but I’m going to keep trying, as I can feel it’s close now.

The plan is to be back on Town Moor next week, so maybe then…

Great start to the weekend

A really good 24 hours. I found out late last night that I’d come third in the most recent game competition I entered, I finally made it to the social run group I’d been meaning to join this morning and now I’m back in Dumfries and Galloway for some more running adventures here. Looking forward to the next few days!