Month: June 2014

A jaunt up Arran’s highest

This week I’ve been mainly taking to the forestry trails and fitting in a few after work runs along the village of Lamlash.

I’ve been wearing my lovely new kit from Berghaus and using my Torq fitness products to fuel me over the longer runs.

As I had a day off work today I thought I’d head out on some more technical terrain with my new Vapour light claws.

I’ve covered 30 miles in them so far this week and am impressed at how light they are compared with my Salomon’s.
They seemed to be quite wide on my feet to begin with but after a few miles of running in them my feet felt very comfy and light and I’m now enjoying the fit of them.

I also had my new Hyper 22 pack out with me over the week too which I’m finding really comfortable especially today when I was carrying all my extra hill kit.

I set off with my faithful furry friend Cassie this morning and took to Arran’s highest mountain to give my shoes a good test on more technical ground and enjoy the challenge of the mountain.

This was my first time up here since the Goat fell race a month ago so it was nice not to be racing and test out some nice new gear.

The shoes did good and so did the new pack!

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Exploring Glencoe

On Sunday morning myself and partner Mark headed to Glencoe in the Scottish highlands, an area I’ve wished to explore more of for some time and also a great chance to gain more of a feel for the place before the Glencoe mountain marathon in October.

I packed my running stuff too and managed to squeeze in a stunning wee run from the Glencoe mountain resort along the West highland way and back, what a place!

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The weather was completely amazing and we took the opportunity to get some great hill days done throughout the week.

 

Day 1 – Buachaille Etive Mor –  A fine mountain day traversing all four summits( including two Munro’s) with some steep scrambling on the initial ascent. The weather was very hot by mid afternoon and the going was tough with our heavy packs but worth every minute! Special days like this in the mountains are to be treasured!

 

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Day 2 – Buachaille Etive Beag –  Another brilliant forecast and after yesterday, time again to plaster on the suncream, put on the rucksacks and head out for our second challenge .

The Buachaille Etive Beag is smaller in size to its neighbour( Buachaille Etive Mor) but still includes three summits( including two Munro’s) with an interesting, airy ridge to the final summit of Stob Dubh.

 

 

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Day 3 – A day of taking it easy.
After a nice long lie in our hobbit house and a breakfast of kings at the Glencoe mountain resort , we decided to take a drive into Fort William and enjoyed the day relaxing and thinking about possible options for the following day.

 

 

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Day 4 – Meall a Bhuiridh and Creise – After a day in Fort William yesterday and looking up at the Ben from the Ben Nevis inn, we had discussed possibly attempting the CMD Arete to Ben Nevis but with the forecast giving fog for that area in the morning we decided to stick to Glencoe for our final day and do Meall a Bhuiridh and Creise. Another fine day with a great wee scramble on the connecting ridge to Creise.

 

 

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Sitting on the summit of Creise looking out over the great mass of surrounding peaks made me think of  Steve Birkinshaw  and his epic challenge of conquering all the 214 wainwright’s in under seven days ( which he has now finished and smashed the record-WOW!!)

My main goal is to be able to run some big routes in these mountains and with people like Steve to inspire you, anything is possible.

I arrived home from Glencoe yesterday afternoon to two lovely big boxes full of Torq goodies which I can’t wait to try out and help fuel me as I up my training.

 

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With less than two weeks to go until Chamonix, I’m feeling ready to be inspired further and take on the challenges that are to come as part of the Trail team 2014.

 

With only a month to go until I meet up with fellow TeamTrail2014 folks and fly off to Chamonix, I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing over the past few weeks.

I have just entered the Glen Coe mountain marathon in October, which is one of my major goals for this year.http://glencoemarathon.co.uk/

This is a fairly new event set in the Scottish highlands and takes in some of the most amazing scenery the country has to offer.

With the race being the full 26.2 miles and with 1608m of ascent, I’ve been having a look at a plan for my training and studying local routes where I can incorporate a similar effort.

At the moment I am building up the distance on my long hilly run(s) and continuing with speed work, tempo and easy sessions throughout the week.

If I find that I have the energy on a rest day( And with a little help from Torq nutrition) I’ve been going a long cycle which is nice for a change and it seems to be helping with muscle soreness too.

Arran has miles and miles of forestry trails as well as long glens and steep ridges.

Over the next few months I have plans of completing some big local mountain routes as well as continuing to train on forestry trails.

I’m looking forward to sharing my new routes!

 

 

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