As the new year is fading into a distant memory, it’s been relatively quiet in All Hail The Trail world. Other than a random TV appearance of course! OK it was only for a few seconds and was Freeview Channel 7 but it’s a start! It was “Photo of the Day” on the news which happened to be a rather nice view from my work desk. I put it on Twitter with a #Manchester and the channel contacted me to ask if they could use it. Shows the power of a mere hash tag!
The first @allhailthetrail TV appearance
The original picture. It was a nice view!
On to running news, the reality has now truly kicked in that I won’t be at all ready for the Oldham Way Ultra in March as I’ve had to take it really easy due to tightness in the hip. 18 miles a week an ultrarunner does not make. I’m progressing though and trying to remain sensible and planning a gradual build up to make sure I’m ready for races later in the year…. next stop Liverpool to Manchester in April, I hope.
I’ve also ticked off my first “proper” trail run since moving to Glossop it was tough, not due to distance, but weather. The observant amongst us will notice it’s been snowing….. and in the Peak District it was snowing a lot! I started gently due to my hip but it seemed to ease off as I ascended towards the summit of Cock Hill (mainly walking to be honest).
The weather got more and more extreme and as I ran over towards Clough Edge and I began to go blind in my right eye as the snow and wind battered the muscles around my right eye socket and eye lid. I started to have one of those strange moments of euphoria as nature was showing me who was boss.
I continued down into the relative calmness of the Longdendale Trail and along the road back into Glossop.
Talking of Glossop a final picture of the view from my spare bedroom window. What a change from City Centre Living!
Lots more planned for this site and a great carb loading recipe coming up soon for all the marathon runners – chicken, lemon and rice stew. White pasta gorgers move along, there’s nothing for you here!