Thursday, 14 June 2018

Mottisfont Roses & 13 Miles With Pop


I was feeling the need to get back to some long distance runs so yesterday Pop and I set out for ten miles. The first three or four were, as usual for me, a bit meh, but by the time we hit ten I was feeling more in my stride and I wasn't ready to stop, so we carried on and made it a nice, round half marathon. Pop was flagging a bit, which isn't like her, otherwise I would have carried on to eighteen. It was hot though and by that time I'd drunk the litre of water I'd taken with us and Pop had probably had enough of drinking from muddy puddles (although I have to say this is her preference over clean water). I also only had a couple of scrawny jelly babies with me, some left overs from the marathon I discovered still in a pocket, and although they were fine for running a half, I wouldn't do eighteen miles without something more substantial, so we called it a day at 13. 

I was quite pleased with the time - 2:09 - two weeks after a marathon and with 300m elevation that's not bad for me. But I was more pleased with the way my system got stronger the longer I was out and also the fact that I felt ready to run further. I'm back into marathon training now for August's outing and so far, so good.

This morning, a swift trot round the Mottisfont roses in the drizzle before the hordes arrived. They are looking spectacular.





And a scamper round the fields with the dogs first thing in the rain. Pop came home soaking wet and Teddy spent a good fifteen minutes licking her dry (how does that work?). Sweet boy.


Hope you're all tickety boo?

CT :o)

26 comments:

  1. Has Pop lost weight with all the running she's doing? Or is it just my imagination?

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    1. Must be the photo angle I think. She’s not run much the past three weeks.

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    2. That's a relief. Thanks.

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    3. Thanks for your concern for her, Gwil. She’s eating fine and did 4.5 miles this morning Sprightly as ever and has been running round the house and fields like a loon. I think it was probably the heat on Wednesday that slowed her. 👍

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  2. You amaze me with your running and how you understand the science behind it.
    But of course you are doing so well because you have a
    secret weapon...
    The Persistent Poppy !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. That’s so true! Wouldn’t have got so far without her.

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  3. Oohh, my beagle licks his brother too when they have been out in wet weather...soo cute <3! Sometimes you really wish you could pick their brains about things, haha!

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    1. There was something very touching about the way she just sat there watching the outdoors world while Ted quietly took care of her.

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    2. I just have tears welling up reading this. I miss having two gud dug who took care especially Watson taking care of the hamish.

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  4. Poppy looks a bit tired in that first photo - I think she needs the doggy equivalent of jelly babies! xx

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    1. She would eat them too, given half a chance! X

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  5. What a lovely pup. Bert is deep in disgrace, I don't even know where to begin. Mottisfont is indeed looking utterly divine, lucky you having a morning there. Glad you had a good time. CJ xx

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    1. My mind is now boggling. What can he have done? I shall await a blog post with anticipation xx

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    2. I just have to check out CJs blogg to see what her furbaby has been up to, haha!

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  6. Lovely pictures - especially the last one.

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  7. Fab running as ever CT! You've got this thing nailed :-) I love Mottisfont. it is one of me very favourite gardens (if you can get in when it's quiet!) It smells divine. Have you noticed the honeysuckle when you're running xxx

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    1. The advantage of living nearby - we can be there before the gates open 😉. Yup, lots of honeysuckle here. Keep an eye out for white admiral and fritillary butterflies on it in the woods xx

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  8. David was bemoaning the fact that Cassie just won't keep up when he's running. She's more interested in sniffing interesting smells and trotting along when it suits her. I told him about you and Pop. We might have to get another dog... Mottisfont looks awesome. S x

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    1. Sounds like Teddy :o) Tell David he wants a Jack Russell....They are gorgeous dogs but possibly the most naughty ever... xx

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  9. I love the photographs, what gorgeous gardens.
    I should maybe start to time my runs, other than a quick glance at the clock before I go out. I often forget to glance when I get back too! It's been a tough week here (nothing huge, just feeling meh! with a lot going on) and I nearly didn't bother going for my planned run yesterday, but I was so glad I did, I settled into my stride and managed 9 miles! X

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  10. Love your doggy photos. So sweet. Ebbie is rather partial to muddy puddles too. Much tastier than his bowl of fresh water. Mottisfont is look beautiful. Too hot here. Can only manage sitting in The shade sipping something cool 😜 B x

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  11. I love the roses at Mottisfont- I wonder which day you went! My mum went too and sent me some photos! Just stunning!
    Glad running is going well! Pops is a fit little dog and Ted is just a darling boy! Xx

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  12. Wow well done on that half marathon- very impressive not long after your full one- it bodes well for your next one.
    Mottisfont looks lovely- I think I went there in the spring and it was a great garden to wander around.

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