The sunshine, clear blue skies and reflected heat of the sun of the previous day had disappeared, it was cloudy with a light wind and sporadic snow shows. The cloud lay heavy over the hills and visibility was slightly reduced: rather like home really.
And it’s not a concealed weapon, unless it’s the large set of metaphorical cojones that I am going to need.
Let’s see: thermals, fleece layers, windproof jacket and trousers, mitts, gloves, fur hat: fur hat?
Cat! Cat, get out here! That could have been a bit of a, ‘should have gone to Specsavers,’ moment.
My last ultra-distance run before going to Antarctica. Another milestone: the last long distance run before I start to taper, 4 weeks before I leave the UK for Chile, and just under 5 weeks until I run the first marathon.
The 2013 Loch Ness Marathon was set to be fairly special for me.
It was exactly 10 years since I ran my first marathon, which had been Loch Ness in 2003 which gave me my marathon PB which still stands to this day. This would be my 7th run of this event. In addition this was my last formal running event before Antarctica. Emotions would potentially ride high this weekend.
Firstly, thanks and credit to Fiona Rennie whose comment on a recent facebook post provided the title of this blog entry.
It may seem anachronous to be posting a summer kit review on a blog that is primarily about an Antarctic challenge; however Helly Hansen kindly provided me some summer training kit that I could use for my on-going training and participation in various events over the summer months.
In 2010 Clyde Stride ultra was my first ultra. I completed it which was great, but it was not one of my better moments and there was plenty to learn from it. I entered for the following year but had to withdraw about a month before the event due to a knee injury. I duly entered for 2012 and was a DNF (did not finish) at 20 miles due to energy problems (which I subsequently found out were caused by a magnesium deficiency. So, was 2013 going to be my year?
Teko has very kindly offered product sponsorship and will be providing my socks for the Odyssey. Their mission statement is to make ‘best sock on the planet and the best socks for the planet’, and I have to agree.
Different technologies and different properties, how do you use them and how do you combine them?
Over the last few weeks I have managed to test more of my HH kit. This review will look at the outer layers.
Typically, just when I need to try out winter kit, we have a spell of mild weather: not ideal.
I admit that I am obsessed. The Antarctic Odyssey has taken me to a whole new level of obsession. It is a constant in my life now and will be until well after I have completed it: how to get event sponsors/partners; how to hit the charity fundraising target; what other fundraising do I do to help hit that target; training plans; training sessions; clothing and kit; footwear; travel; publicity; website; blogging.
What do I have in common with a curmudgeonly Yorkshire widow? And, no, I am not referring to character traits.