Katrina & I had a great few days visiting our family in Inverness. We travelled up on Thursday after work as we both had Friday and Monday off.
We looked after our grandson Seth on Friday while Jo & Jono worked.
We then spent Saturday with Hollie at Alness going for a walk up Fyrish
It was back to Inverness on Sunday for church and to watch some of the Loch Ness Marathon.
Monday Hollie was back in work so I had a run up Ben Wyvis before we drove home.
With my final ultra of the year just a couple of weeks away I wanted to get out and do some runs while we were away. So here is a summary of my three runs …
Friday – tempo run while Seth slept
Katrina also wanted to get out for a run so while Seth slept I went for a run then once I got back Katrina headed out. I wanted to do at least 9 miles but slightly misjudged how far the route I planned was so I ended up with over 10miles.
I felt pretty good as I see off so without really planning it I was at tempo pace so decided to push on and see if I could stay around 7:10 pace. There were a few hills in the last few miles so the pace dropped a bit but it was a good effort!
As I came into Inverness I thought I would call in to Run4it and see if Ryan was working. When I arrived he wasn’t there but just as I was about to carry on he arrived and we had a quick chat.
I ran some of the half marathon and marathon course but the opposite way. I have entered the half marathon again in March so looking forward to running that again.
Sunday – off road run
On Saturday when we walked up the hill at Fyrish I wondered whether I could run from Hollie’s house to the hill. I worked out a route alongside the river through Coulhill Wood then up a steep road to the car park where we parked on the Saturday.
I wanted to do at least 8 miles and it was 4 miles to the car park so I ran back through the woods and back along the road to Alness. It was just on 10miles altogether and I really enjoyed it.
I was feeling good and I am happy with how I’ve recovered after the Brecon Beacons 10 peaks which was just two weeks ago.
Monday – Ben Wyvis loop
Initially I had planned to do this on Friday but when Jo asked us to look after Seth it was easy enough to swap round and do it Monday before heading home.
I was up at 6a, left Alness at 7am and started my run at 8am. There was one other car at the car park so I expected to see at least one person at some point.
I had found a route which went over Ben Wyvis and then to Glas Leathad Beag and then back down a slightly different route to the car. If the weather was bad I could just go up and down the same way.
It was very windy at the top of Ben Wyvis but the clouds cleared mid run and it was a lovely day to be out on the hills.
The 14.62 miles took me 4:33:57 and the descent was pretty hard going over wet boggy ground but I felt it was a really good session as I prepare for the Lakes in a Day.
So we had a great weekend of visiting family and running! Perfect combination.