Two weeks after the race my knee has settled more and my external injuries from the race fall have healed up leaving some decent sized scabs so I had wear shorts most of the times to avoid irritating them. This wasn't a problem at it was then time for week long trip down to North Wales for a family holiday so shorts was very much appropriate holiday attire!
I couldn't run much but the weather was great so we got lots of family walks in.
Nothing like sunshine and a rocky beach to explore.
|Crag shell washed up on the rocks|
Our girls loved the sandy beaches too.
|Building your own Island is a right of passage!|
I did a few short runs to test out my leg and found that while walking was completely problem free and running on the flat was mostly OK but running up or down hills was still a problem. My longest run on the trip was a 4 miler with a around 400ft of ascent/descent and while the early morning view was rewarding my right knee was pretty painful by the end.
|View from run looking down on Trefor where we stayed|
One of my hopes for the holiday was that I'd be fit enough to run up Snowdon and have my wife and three girls race me in the train to the summit. With me knee still injured I had to put this dream aside and just enjoy the trip up with them. The summit was capped in cloud as we ascended, but after ten minutes cleared to reveal some spectacular views.
|View from Snowdon look north east.|
|View from summit cairn looking north|
|Panoramic showing of the dramatic vista, five minutes later it gone, replaced by white out|
The walk down Llanberis path was a lot more spectacular than the view from the train.
|Fell runner in training!|
|It's almost impossible to get everyone to take photo's seriously at one time...|
The second half of the walk the sun came out and it was roasting - who needs holidays in the Med when the UK is sunny!
|Most of the way down, just a mile out from Llanberis|
|Kelpies up close, easy to be transfixed by the presence|
|Who you looking at?|
|Sun even came out! Oooh Shinny!|
|Devil's staircase dead head. Looks so tiny...|
Today encouraged by my progress I headed out for a proper hilly route up to Bracklin Bridge
|Bracklin Falls Bridge, misty tops above.|
I climbed through the mist and emerged into Sunshine again but my hopes for a view looking down onto the clouds was dashed as the tops to the clouds surrounding the summit were another 50ft higher. My little blue hole was nice but really not quite the view I was hoping. I descend down the new path that detours around all the fallen trees that haven't been cleared from the normal crags paths.
The new path is pretty steep so it was slow going nursing my knee down. My knee got me home OK but is rather more tender now than it was before the run so I've clearly over-done it. Fingers crossed I haven't set back the healing process. It's nearly 5 weeks since the West Highland Way Race so it's a bit frustrating to be still dealing with the after effects, but wouldn't change the race for a second.
Once my knee has settled down I'll start looking at what events I might be able to fit in during the second half of 2014, in my next post will attempt to answer the question that John Kynaston posed to me shortly after the big race... WHAT NEXT?