Well that was a giblet-freezing mountain run for sure! It was hovering at zero celsius at a little above sea level, where I started in Abergwyngregyn. I had a visual indication plus a visceral one of the temperature dropping as I climbed, as the slushy areas started to stay as lovely, fresh snow and the cold breath of the wind was biting at my face. As I reached the ridge to start climbing to Llwytmor Bach (690m) I had to work hard as the snow deepened; I was thoroughly exposed the weather now, just keep moving! . Continuing on from that first peak I struggled slowly up to Llwytmor (849m) in deeper snow by following a line roughly SE then back south; this takes me through the sporadic boulder fields on this peak; hiding many ankle-snapping holes in the snow. Even in snow though, you learn to read the ground over the years, although one hole did get me. No harm done. I felt blind up here as vis was non-existent; not a place to be lost and as this is a not-oft visited peak, no nice paths to follow, just rough upland. . I got up and turned around quickly; not a place for the living today, and re-traced my rapidly disappearing prints. . I dropped off Llwytmor Bach west to the sheep fold, crossed the Afon Goch, climbed up the other side so I could then contour around the upper part of Cwm Aber. Nice to be in kinder temps and to get technicolour vision again. . Running in snow, freezing temps and low-vis is tough, but with the right gear, nav skills and sense, you live to fight another day 😊😍 . 15.8km, 2:08, 1090m Elevation Gain.
Late #medalmonday post: the 1st hardware added to kick off 2019. Father-Son medals from yesterday's #pasadenahalfmarathon. Next up for February: surf city half in less than 2 weeks! 1. Pasadena Half Marathon and Kids Fun run finisher medals 2. @harrychhun and my pre-race #runningselfie 3. Me stopping to take a pic with the fam at mile 13 4. Footage of B-rad finishing the kids fun run 5. B-rad and I doing out 100 yard victory dash on the field at the #rosebowl 6. On field family pic at the rose bowl 7. B-rad enjoying his visit to @rosecitypizza 8. My official time, maybe my 3rd or 4th worse time for an official #13point1 run all time. Forced to bio break at mile 7 and it went all bad from there. Cramped up at mile 11 and didn't have enough left in the tank to finish as strong as I would like to #runningsucks
This was me 2 years ago ⬆️ when my goal was to break 3 hours in the marathon.🏃♀️ . After announcing my OTQ goal for this year and training to race from my current PR of 2:48 to under 2:45, many reached out wishing me well but also telling me what their goals are and that they “don’t compare” to mine. This makes me sad 😢 bc you should never feel like your goals are not worthy. Also, my goals haven’t always been what they are now - they had a starting point, a beginning, and they have become faster with time. . We are all capable of great things and I often say what separates us from others who are faster is frequently they are just ahead of us in years, experience racing this distance, & training. It takes patience, a TON of work, and time to run faster, to build a base of mileage and grow as a marathoner. It doesn’t happen over night. I admittedly fell into the trap of comparing myself when trying to break 3:00 to those running in the 2:40s - I just wasn’t there YET. Currently I could feel like a sub-2:45 isn’t that great of a goal when there are many women running in the 2:30s. There will always be someone faster than us. Let those faster be an inspiration and an example that these times are attainable with years of hard work. Give yourself the credit you deserve now and never stop dreaming big for your future! 🙌
Superb run today up Moel Siabod. Starting from Gwynant, I headed up to Bwlch y Rhediad then turned left to follow the county boundary fence line to the lesser known peak of Carnedd y Cribau 591m. I love the view from here: across to Wyddfa, Y Glyderau, Carneddau and away SW towards Yr Arddu and the Moelwynion, not forgetting the views down to Llynau Diwaunydd. . From here I basically follow Moel Siabod's broad back, up to Moel Gid 733m before continuing up to Siabod at 872. Was so pleased as the cloud had cleared giving me amazing views, shame to find so much damn litter up there left by lazy, disrespectful sods. . Headed down Daear Ddu ridge very carefully in the snow and bumped into a friend guiding a group up. . After admiring the reflection of Siabod in Llyn y Foel I followed the rough, technical wet track down, through forestry and into Dolwyddelan. A short road section leads me up to a track toward Edward I's Castell Dolwyddelan, through Blaenau Dolwyddelan and then eventually back through boggy plantation before hitting the rough, open terrain of Siabod's SW aspect: it really is wet across here, but fun! Eventually I arrived back at Bwlch y Rhediad, before descending back to the car. . 21.6km, 8:25/km, 1,340 m elevation gain. . Fab, fun but tough and technical run.
The boy and I made a spontaneous decision to join some friends on a weekend away next weekend, so for me that meant switching my training runs. It also meant I learnt the hard way, you don't mess with the Hanson plan! Literally don't know how I completed that run, by the end I was making noises that would rival Serena Williams at the Wimbledon final! A recovery shake, Epsom bath and stack of bacon waffles later and I'm finally starting to feel human. Well done to everyone smashing out their long runs today.