Lizard trail running - day 2

Lizard trail running - day 2

Day two started with a breakfast that could only suggest we were going to be working hard. After letting our porridge, freshly squeezed juice from locally grown oranges, fruit salad and toast settle we took off into the surrounding canyons, tracks and ramblers (drainage routes for water, not pole wielding walkers) for a six mile route that takes in a variety of terrain and some stunning views.

At 750m above sea level and with a desert climate, the altitude is pleasantly tough on the sharp steep climbs and the air dry and warm, perfect for days spent outside.

Once we'd run up a local peak called table top (featuring a large flat rock and stunning views), we set off towards the local town, which is more of a hamlet, and then looped back towards the aptly named Almond House through all the almond groves. If you're ever hungry on a run, having a constant supply of nuts growing on the route certainly isn't a bad thing!

Upon our return we're given freshly made smoothies, we have a stretch, some trail mix and then lunch (you don't go hungry) and there's even enough time to relax by the pool and enjoy a siesta before the strength training begun.

Using the large courtyard area, we had circuits of body weight exercises broken up by a half mile run known affectionately as the wolf run. Three rounds of exercises including lunges, squat thrusts, work on the BIT suspension trainers and wolf runs and everyone is smiling and exhausted. Then we're into the studio for some somatic stretches to ease the days effort out of the muscles, then it's time for more delicious food (a traditional paella, all locally sourced ingredients), wine, relaxing and then bed.

Training hard has never been more fun.