It has to be said… the long run wasn’t the highlight of my weekend, the sea kayaking was, particularly when we saw seals and one particularly inquisitive one came to investigate my boat. The weather and sea conditions were perfect for a paddle and I had a lovely, if tiring day, paddling 16k from Rhos on Sea, around the Little and Great Ormes to the West Shore at Llandudno.
The views over towards the snow capped mountains of Snowdonia were beautiful, as was the shoreline, made up of sandy beaches and towering cliffs, plunging into the waves and covered in sea birds.
That said, the run was pretty awesome too. The Clwydian hills were covered in a sprinkling of snow as we set off over Moel Arthur. It was cloudy to start with but the sun soon came out and we were treated to stunning views throughout.
It was difficult run, partly because of the large amount of ascent (about 700m), and partly because it was so muddy, which often meant it was difficult to get into a rhythm. Nevertheless, I did it and, overall, I enjoyed it, which was comforting because I’d struggled on my two shorter runs during the week. As we ran down from the last hill, Penycloddiau, I was pleased to tell John that 18k was feeling comfortable, giving me confidence for the Goldrush trail race, which we’re doing next weekend. Training, nutrition, hydration and clothing and shoe choices all some to be coming together.