Paul’s Blog – Posted 30/03/15

Deja-vu hit my running as my enjoyment of the Aran race spurred me on to up my training mileage, this last happened after the Snowdon marathon last October. Even the storm force winds of both Saturday & Sunday morning didn’t get in the way as my patience was rewarded by improved afternoons where I could get out without being accused of being totally annul. Talking of those winds Nick & I had to brave them to take down our Open Sign before it flew off to Betws, Sign saved but my glasses were whipped away landing 50 metres down the A.5, don’t mention the scratch it’s a sore point!

The highlight of 5 runs in 6 days which included two HM’s plus & a total of 54 miles & over 6,000′ of ascent was Thursday’s evening with Matt & the gang in Coed y Brenin. Dyfi set one hell of a pace which was a great test for me, failed to keep up but felt great in attempting to leading to a smile on my face all the way on the run home. With clocks changing this should be the last time we’ll need headtorches, things will be spiced up even further this Thursday as we’ll be running the Long Sarn Helen route separately to set our base times for a summer race series. This promises more competitive fun, I’d encourage anyone to come along & take part, the plan is one race a month with the most improved runner being declared the winner (race you can win without being the fastest, you’d think it was my idea!!). Thanks Matt great idea.

This week a recce of the Moelwyn’s beckons together with a first trot out in my new Salomon road shoes which I am showing off to anyone who’s interested at the Cafe. I consider the Moelwyn’s to be my local race due to former links with Blaenau & having run it for the last 4 years. It will seem odd starting in the high street but fully understandable with a record field of 450 taking part, should create a great atmosphere to help put Blaenau further on the Outdoor map.

I have yet to take part in one of the Tuesday evening races, Moel Tryfan tomorrow, shall I shan’t I, I must confess it is tempting me more than a little so thanks Brian for putting the idea in my head.

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