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!