|Towards Hindley Hall|
Plenty of cycling this week with no running up hills, not that I have ever really ran up hills, and my knee has been fine - a little creaky first thing in the morning but that I can live with.
|Towards Hindley Hall|
|Fishing near Haigh Hall|
|Bridge Number One where the canal to Much Hoole starts|
Best laid plans etc., etc. After months of improvement my ‘fragile knee’ reverted to its old self and I have been reduced to short runs for the last few weeks but I thought it was about to find out if these have allowed any improvement. A run over Winter Hill seemed a likely way to find out and it looked as though I would be able to do it before the worst of the weather arrived on Saturday morning. That was the plan but it seems that even just thinking about it is enough to set my knee off. Although it often improves through the day, the ache that greeted me on wakening was enough to suggest a long run would be only a little short of foolish.
Cycling doesn’t seem to aggravate it so I had a ride out to Top Lock and beat the rain back home, just.
More snow and rain overnight along with a low cloud base quickly convinced us that bagging the two Marilyns on Anglesey would make a reasonable day out, and it did. Keith had bagged them previously but had seen nothing from Holyhead Mountain because of the conditions and was happy to back to both.
Yr Arwydd is very nearly a ‘drive up’ with a car park beyond the nearby village which wasn’t there the last time Keith was. A well worn path leads to the Trig Point and impressive views in all directions. I am sure the views of Snowdonia are impressive but the the low cloud there hid them from us.
From Yr Arwydd west to Lleyn Peninsula
Yr Arwydd was good and Holyhead Mountain even better. Once out of the heritage park and up the hill the views are really superb. The sun was low in the sky and under heavy clouds but the horizon in all directions was clear. Assuming we correctly worked out what we were looking at then we were able to see Southern Ireland, Isle of Man, Southern Scotland and the Lancashire coast.
The overnight snow wasn’t as heavy as it might have been but the wind was strong enough to be troublesome and the weather forecasts were uncertain how soon Saturday night’s snow would arrive. After bright and sunny start we headed to Sychnant Pass to follow a route over Tal y Fan (to bag another Marilyn) for Aber.
Huge thanks to Audrey for a brilliant Meet, we’ll be back next year!
On our way with Keith for a weekend in Nant Peris on a Rucksack Club Meet and with Great Orme on Keith’s “still to bag” Marilyn list it would have been churlish not to stop. With a winter forecast for the weekend and the wind strength beginning to build a “drive up” was, by far, the most attractive means of ascent.
Many is the time when we have been peak-bagging and defeated by the weather or some other foible that the day was recorded as “Not Name of Target Hill” and so it seems appropriate to refer to another weekend and the preceding week of short runs as “Not Winter Hill”. Since and including last Sunday I have run/walked/cycled everyday including last Friday and my knee is no worse than it was a week ago. It seems running not very far on little hills doesn’t do it any harm, even running on consecutive days. Next week I’ll do a bit more until and keep doing a bit more until I reach the point when I have to back off and that, by and large, will determine how much running I do next year.
In the meantime, I enjoyed a pretty gentle wander around Borsdane Wood in hazy sunshine.
Not exactly what I had in mind for my “long weekend run” but sometimes things just don’t go to plan. Last Monday didn’t go to plan either because instead of joining the Monday Night Recovery Run Group I went for a run in the sunshine in the morning. Glorious it was too, until a few hours later when my right knee started aching. It does from time to time but this time it didn’t stop aching and didn’t even ache a little less until Friday, my rest day. Saturday became a rest day too and that seems to have allowed it to recover.
Sunday morning’s weather forecast was less than encouraging so I chanced to get out early and be back before the rain and, at last, I had a plan that worked! 6 miles more or less on the flat and my knee didn’t complain either. I’ll just have to take it easy this week but it does look at though I may need to stick to short distances, even if only for a while.
I’ll be less ambitious this Monday and join the Recovery Run group and hope my knee doesn’t complain afterwards.