Monday, 9 September 2019

marathon #6 Crafty Fox

This weekend was Crafty Fox weekend, with a marathon on Saturday for me, and a half mara on Sunday for M. We were up at 6 and out the door by 7 and arrived in the small Dorsetshire village of Ansty by 8, ready for the marathon start at 9. This was my fourth marathon in four months so I was interested to see how it would go. 

To be honest, there isn't a great deal to say about this one. The landscape was lovely, my fellow competitors were a great bunch, as always, and I enjoyed the climbs and the breathtaking scenery they afforded. I finished it feeling good, but it didn't give me the same sense of satisfaction I got after Snowdon or the Ultra last month and I was left with a vague feeling of anti-climax. I can only surmise that this is because I've got used to the distance and 26.2 miles isn't presenting enough of a challenge anymore. 

I went to bed not feeling especially tired and not remotely achy, got up at 6am the following morning after a good night's sleep feeling fine, spent a chunk of the day back at Ansty cheering on M and a couple of friends who were also running, came home, walked the dogs, did some gardening and housework, felt like going out for another run, but I didn't, because I was being sensible. This morning I have been out, a slow four miles with Pop round the lanes and over the fields and everything felt normal. So now I have to think about what to do next. I'm tempted to try some of the long distance trails we have here, take water and food with me and spend the day exploring and see how far I get. That sounds nice.

Hope all are well? 

CT :o).


  1. A perfect part of the countryside to run. I’m intrigued on how a marathon is no longer enough. At what point does the human body say enough I wonder. A long trail sounds good particularly in beautiful countryside. I’ve just finished a 13 mile hike walking round loch Leven yesterday. Wonderful. I’m definitely loving my walking at the moment :) B x

  2. It looks beautiful, gosh long distance running for me just seems like a distant dream

  3. What a fabulous countryside to run. Your photos make me want to visit.
    As for your OK run you will have to look into it and talk to running friends. Maybe you will be a long distance runner. I like the idea of running around your area for a day and taking the train home. Japanese Son has been walking as many of the trails in Japan as he can plus all the interesting trains he can.
    Yesterday I forced myself to take the ramp from the living room to the patio. I didn't want to do it but the sunset looked to good to pass up.
    I am so legarthic I don't want to do anything...... bummer. I use to walk and now I don't. I miss it .
    Keep running so I can visit beautiful places.
    Huggles to the puppies !
    parsnip xx

  4. What beautiful countryside photos, a place perfect for a walk! It sounds like you need a few more miles and a bit more mud.

  5. Amazing! I can't ever imagine reaching a point where that distance feels so comfortable. Onward and further for you!

  6. You have boundless energy. Exploring for a day with a picnic would be fun. I am just about to go to Australia for 6 weeks but have all my post scheduled in (bit of a marathon that was!) Unfortunately I will not be commenting while I am away but as often as I can will look at bloggers posts.

  7. Just returned from a family holiday and am busy catching up with my favourite bloggers. Beautiful photos. I laughed at the thought of 26 miles not being enough! You are one super fit lady! Can't wait to hear how far is enough! xx


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