There was a complete whiteout in the Mourne Mountains during this episode, but it was a lot of fun. The course is listed in the end credits.
On a very cold wintry day, I ascended Slieve Donard via the Black Stair, then on to Chimney Rock Mountain, Rocky, and finished with Slieve Commedagh.
I jumped into this ultra last minute, but it was a good day, and the racing was fun.
The trails are hard and technical compared to the UK and Ireland, but there’s some great running and outstanding views. Let’s take a look…
He did it!
I mixed it up today on the weekly long run, by modifying my ‘high peaks’ route, which links three of the highest peaks in the Mourne Mountains to include scrambling routes wherever possible. I had a lot of fun until the thunder storm 😲
36.5km, 2403m evaluation. Ronda dels Cims training is well underway!
Strava activity: https://www.strava.com/activities/997222027/
RIP Chris Cornell 🎶
2015 was going OK. I started training after Christmas for Rotterdam marathon in April. It was going well, although I picked up a few niggles after a ski trip late February, and didn’t get my long runs long enough to have a great race.
Throughout the flat tempo training I severily missed the mountains, and my legs certainly felt weaker when I returned to fell running post Rotterdam.
It was at that point I started strength training with a personal trainer. The objective was simple – build strength to make me a better runner. Less than 2 month in *POP* ….I put out my back. A herniated L5 disc to be precise. Sciatica was my new friend for the next while. Continue reading