Was planning on plodding very slowly around Anglesey half on Sunday morning and just found out there is a 2hr15 cut off at 10 miles. While normally this wouldn't worry me after nearly 6 weeks of hardly any training due to injury/illness and the forecast strong sideways wind it could be close. Oh well what will be will be
On a sad note my beloved Garmin has had several hissy fits the last few times used (and his battery life in GPS isn't going to get me through a marathon let alone an ultra) so yesterday I decided it was time to retire him (though Mr C is quite interested in adopting him). So Hettie my new purple Forerunner 220 with an impressive 10 hrs GPS life is happily (though not for my credit card) rushing my way via the 1st class delivery option.
Never made the trails yesterday, the weather was so hideous and as it was forecast to get worse we ran from home to save 20mins or so of weather worsening as we drove up plus the thought of all those tree branches that could fall on my head was a bit off putting. So headed up from home on first loop (not too high about 600ft) and was soaked through practically as soon as set out. Icy sleety rain blowing in every way imaginable, it was actually quite interesting to see bands of rain going in completely opposite directions at different levels against the mountains. At 3.5ish there was an option to drop back down to home or carry on up on next loop (about 1000ft) we weren't feeling too cold so carried on up. The climb was quite sheltered but once we popped out onto the top road we were back in the wind but it was thankfully mostly behind us. Had to have a moment up here and that was when I realised how cold my legs actually were, completely numb and painful to touch but we decided it was pretty much flat and then down for rest of this loop so we'd warm up once going again. We were wrong the sleety rain got more and more snowy and the temperature was dropping so even once we were heading down we weren't warning up. So decided to head home and not add on loop 3 so did about 6.5 miles in the end. Even after a shower my legs still felt numb and icy so put on a billion layers and spent the rest of the day eating and drinking tea.
LG & Brer - have a great day really like the look of that one in the summer but think it's a bit far for going there and back in a day
Am still a bit under the weather but just sinusis a bit blocked now which is playing havoc with my hearing. Couple of short runs in the week that felt almost normal. Hoping to do a 8.5 mile trail run tomorrow then will hopefully be ok to run Anglesey half next Sunday.