Lot's of messing around with my training regime - which I have settle now for long week short week. This both allows my body to recover, let's me have a life every second week and encourages cross training to prevent injury. Although I have had the last two weeks off because I had to take to my bed after my flu jab. I had, however, convinced myself I had cancer and also AIDS (although probably more likely anaemia) until my bloods came back normal and I could all of a sudden get back to training, the fact that I had utterly convinced myself I was ill being the biggest hindrance of all!
After a move to Aberfeldy to take up a post as a staff nurse I couldn't be in a better training ground, with the Cairngorms not too far away and some other bits and also pieces on my doorstep. I have learned to love hill reps - main training ground the Birks of Aberfeldy where I run (really slowly, totally breathing out my arse) for a mile uphill and then recover on the jog back the other side. All very pretty and the waterfall especially awesome after some big rain, which is all the time.
So... the main event. Took a dander up to Glen Shee and ran some lovely hills that nobody except a keen Corbett bagger would bother taking in. The objective was to get to An Socach and get a foot on the ground in between here and Carn a Gheoidh. I can't say it inspired me with confidence but the nature of the ground wasn't unexpected. Undulating. Boggy. Definitely something I want to be hitting in daylight. I spent most of the day 'off piste' and, despite all the miles I have been putting in, surprised to find my legs quite so tired. Definitely need to get off track a bit more often to strengthen them up, as 28 miles of the route will be on similar crap terrain. Although I made decent moving time I seem to have accumulated over an hour of stopping time in an otherwise six hour day. That definitely needs worked on too!
And last but not least, seeing as how it is the point of it all, please take time to visit https://www.justgiving.com/Claire-Ellis27/ (although I can't seem to make it a hyperlink and don't know what I'm doing wrong) and donate a little bit of money.