What happened!?

Time is a funny thing. Somehow it has been 4 months since my last post. A lot has happened in that time. I quit my job and started working for the BBC. It’s another office job which as you know is not my number one choice but it is in West London. So slightly closer to the mountains!?

I’ve paid for 2 5ks and missed them both. I was trying to go sub 20 but fantastically failed that target. The first one I did no training for as I had a gammy knee after my marathon escapades last summer. The second one was a bit different. I did 7 weeks of intense training and got down to somewhere around the 21:30 mark but then got a horrible cold and cough during my first week of work which meant that it would have been foolish to run.

Despite not hitting the sub 20 minute mark I came out of the training cycle feeling strong and pleased with the progress made. Since then I’ve taken a few weeks off running and got back on my bike for the commute to work. I needed some time to recover as whatever illness I had lasted for 3 weeks and I knew I didn’t have long to recover before I started marathon training…

Oh yes, did I forget to mention? As of next week I am training for the Brighton Marathon. I entered in to London and like so many other was left disappointed as I binned my failure magazine before even reading it. Thankfully Brighton was there to clear up the scraps. It is on April 17th which means that it is about 4 months away… I’ll be doing one of Hal Higdon’s trusty marathon plans. This time it will be Novice 2. I’m feeling a lot more confident in both my ability and my willingness to train properly so I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

Mountaineering wise it was a quiet few months. I spent a few days in the touristic village of Gavarnie on the French side of the Pyrenees where I went solo up my first 3000m+ mountain. It was a delightful hike up Le Taillon which tops out at 3144m. The weather was mixed but pleasant enough. Although it did snow at the top for a few minutes. I took a 360 video below. Let me know what you think!

I took a friend to Snowdonia a couple of weekends ago. It was his first hiking trip and we had a thoroughly great time. I’ll be doing a full post on the trip later but it was so good that we are booked in for the Peak District in February with 2 other friends as well! It’s all good fun but is also valuable training for my mountain leader award.

And on that subject… I’m booked in for 1 week’s mountain leader training at Plas Y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre. It’s in early May so it will give me some time to train up and also will be nice weather… right? Either way, it’s about time I booked the training in!

I have also been in contact with HF Holidays, a walking holiday company based in the UK which organise both national and international trips. Their holidays are run by volunteers and they need walking leaders for everything from lowland strolls to epic mountain hikes. My training is in April (the week before my marathon… eek!), and providing I pass I will be able to start leading on the trips. Whilst there is no money involved you do get food, accommodation and expenses so it’s basically a free walking holiday!

As you can see it’s been quite busy and the next few months are only going to continue to ramp up. Let’s hope my body can keep itself together. Hello to everyone again!

18 Comments Add yours

  1. stomperdad says:

    Welcome back! How do I feel about that 360 degree video? Seriously jealous. That must have been amazing to stand up there (not to mention hike up there). Good luck with the Higdon training!

    1. David Faust says:

      Thanks! It felt good to write again after so long away. Sorry to make you jealous but it was pretty amazing up there! Hope you are doing well.

      1. stomperdad says:

        While you took a few months off from writing, I’ve managed to take a few months off from running. Bout time I get back into too!

      2. David Faust says:

        You should. I always find when I stop exercising everything else in life gets too overwhelming. Running gives me a chance to escape it all. How come you stopped? Injured or just one of those things?

      3. stomperdad says:

        I like to say life happened (ironically, I’m writing a post on it at this very moment, actually). I can’t justify getting up early to go before school. Our day starts early enough as it is. After school is when the kids get to me themselves to play before supper. After they’re in bed is when my wife and I chill on the couch together to watch a show or two. I used to run 45 min to an hour. I think if I cut back to a half hour run I can fit it without giving up time with the fam. I just need to do it 🙂

      4. David Faust says:

        It sounds impossible to fit any sort of fitness in at all. It’s something I worry about when I have kids. Luckily at the moment I can run or cycle my commute which would give me an option to exercise while not take up much more time. But it is a very tricky dilemma. Of course you don’t want to lose out on family time.

      5. stomperdad says:

        You’re right about exercise helping to deal with every day life (aka kids). It was always my me time. Quiet time. Think time. I just need to make that compromise and shorten my runs until I have the time to get out longer.

  2. usabaker says:

    Good to read you again!!!

  3. evozeta says:

    Welcome back! Great to hear about all your plans and preparations for the time to come.
    I thoroughly enjoyed your post about Snowdonia and though it sounded like a rough hike it sure made for a good story to write about 🙂
    And congrats on the new job, btw!

    1. David Faust says:

      Thanks! It felt good to write again. With all the turmoil of the last few months things final seem settled enough for me to do so. Snowdon was beautiful and horrible all at once. A glorious winter hike! Hope you are doing well 🙂

      1. evozeta says:

        Sounds exactly like it! And thank you, I am doing well. Dodged the asthma so far and am excited to come to Europe for a 2-week holiday visit!

      2. David Faust says:

        Ooh exciting! When and where? Have you been before?

      3. evozeta says:

        Oh yes! I’m from Switzerland so my family and friends are still there. So very excited to see them for Christmas!

      4. David Faust says:

        Ahh so you definately have been there 😉 I love going home for Christmas. All the food!

      5. evozeta says:

        I know!!! All the food and the love… It’ll be a change to come from the U.S. Skinny and going back all stuffed… The average perception is the other way around, right 😀

      6. David Faust says:

        Exactly. Its good, you’re breaking down barriers! 😉

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