On my longest training run so far I had the distant and quiet thoughts of quitting. Dropping out of the WHWrace, for surely I could not succeed, or I would hurt myself trying. I cannot shut off these voices, they are natural for survival and as I get closer to the event, and deeper into … Continue reading Why run so far?
The night before the race I was feeling extremely excited, happy and impatient. It had been a long time since I last worked this hard for something and anticipated pushing my limits. It is a great feeling to attempt to achieve something that you have no idea if you can possibly succeed at. Max, however, … Continue reading Lessons from Mile 53
We ended the West Highland Way on a high, literally, we climbed Ben Nevis, and having finished the WHW during March we couldn't resist the challenge of a new month, a new Way. Two days ago we left Fort William after one not so restful rest day and two sleeps in the most wonderful BnB … Continue reading The way forward
The day before we reached Kinlochleven we walked 31km from Tyndrum to Kingshouse across Rannoch Moor. The weather was perfect and the day I think was the most beautiful day I have ever seen. The rain did come in though as we reached Glen Coe mountain and the Kingshouse. The Kingshouse has been there over … Continue reading Kinlochleven
A short summary of the past 53 miles... Day 1: Milngaive to Drymen, 16km. Highlights were just to get started and first experience of wild camping. Day 2: Drymen to Rowerdennen, 26km. Highlights were Conic Hill and meeting Loch Lomond. We also met some people on the Way. These included a lady and her dog, … Continue reading Half way on the Way
It is only a few days in to our trip, but I already feel more myself than I have felt in months. The daily routine is still changing; when we camp, I wake up around 5:30, cold and half num, starting the stove for porridge and hot chocolate and pack up for a day of … Continue reading Waking up on the Way
We arrived in Glasgow by train a week ago now. We then left Glasgow, and the comfort of my Aunt and Uncles home, last Tuesday to walk the West Highland Way. Before we had even begun the trip it felt it was getting the better of us. On arrival into Glasgow we found out Max's … Continue reading Leaving Glasgow
We have arrived in Tyndrum (as has the rain) in time for a training camp for the upcoming race. However, Max has tendinitis and we are both pretty much in no state to run 33 miles back the way we just spent the last two days walking. So instead we are having a rest day, … Continue reading Hoka Highland Fling Training Camp – Kit Review!
Max submitted his PhD thesis, we signed a contract to rent back in Cambridge again and we have finished work! Today is the day before we head up to my Aunt and Uncle's house in Glasgow, so I am attempting to pack for our roughly planned 4 week trip walking around the Scottish Highlands. We … Continue reading Packing for the Way!
The Hare and Hounds Boundary Run is a marathon skirting the edges of Cambridge city marked out with flour arrows along the way. It was my second marathon, but this time I was not competing, I was training. The point was to run in a race atmosphere, but keep my head - run my run, and … Continue reading Boundary Run