A round up of everything!

This blog has taken many forms, a full blow by blow account of the John Muir Ultra marathon, a report about the following day, then a blog about my training. 

I've decided to just get a blog done and get back up to date with regular, short and sweet blogs. So here we go, hold on to your hats and get ready for a round up of 3 weeks of running:

The week before the JMW Ultra I was working a lot of over-time trying to get 3 projects in on time, long story but I got the job done but was shattered by the Saturday of the race. 

I got to the start line, I started running.
The wind and rain was horrendous from mile 7 - 9.
I took a wrong turn at mile 10, added a mile on to the course.
I took another wrong turn just before North Berwick and ran down the high street.
I was hit by a wall of fatigue like I've never felt in my life at mile 16.
I got a hug from Mandy at mile 21, I may have shed a tear.
I called it a day! 

The following day I headed down to support Mandy at the Galashiels 5k. There happened to be entries on the day, I entered, I ran the race in 18:23 and finished 2nd! Not bad considering the 21 miles I ran the day before. I did however take another wrong turn which probably cost me 20 seconds so sub 18 may have be on the cards! 

I've blogged before about a project that I'm part of, #mapsForTrailRunners, and last weekend was the second meeting to discuss all things map and trail related. I'm super excited about this project and love running with the group. We headed out to Carron Valley and covered about 7 miles in foot deep snow in places! It was epic! I'll try and find time to write more about the project but lets just say, if you are looking to get in to trail running and want to explore new places, follow this blog and my social media channels to keep up to date. 

It's Friday!! Just over a week ago I joined @trailfestscot , Harvey Maps and the rest of the #mapsForTrailrunners crew to test out the first prototype map. It was brilliant fun running along the snow covered trails in the Carron Valley, near Stirling. We parked in the carpark which had no snow and as we climbed up the first hill the snow got deeper and deeper! · · The map was great and we were able to make some constructive criticism on how it could be improved. Really excited to be part of this project and I hope once the maps are in production it gets even more people out exploring the trails in Scotland. We have so many trails to enjoy. · · If you ever want to join me on the trails on the Edinburgh & Lothians area, check out the Foxy Trail Runners facebook page. If you are Glasgow based, check out Trail Fest Scotland. · · @ashmei | @active_root | @iamrunbox #ashmei #ashmeirun #ukrunchat #trailrunmag #trailrunningmag #trailrunning #ultramarathontraining #marathontraining #activeroot #iamrunbox #run #running #runner #irun #runnersofinstagram #igrunners #igrun #runnersofig #lochrannoch #ilovetrailrunning #projectRBM #irun #runners #runwithme #runspiration

A post shared by Owain Williams 🏃 (@scottishrunner) on Apr 12, 2018 at 11:44pm PDT

This weekend I headed back to Winton Castle for their 10k trail race. My aim was to run faster than last year and/or place higher up, I managed neither. I got a stitch at mile 4, lost positions and lost time! Not sure what caused it, maybe attacking the first 3 miles too hard, maybe the 2pm start time, maybe my lack of fitness or all of the above.

Tomorrow (Monday 16th April) is the 16 week count down to Devil O the Highlands Ultra. Running up from Tyndrum to Fort William along the West Highland Way, I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this race but I also want to train well and train smart for it. I've mapped out my next 8 weeks of training and I'll be doing a fair bit of running in the Pentlands as well as other hilly places! The photos are going to be brilliant :) 

There you have it, a whistle stop blog about my running. I'm sure it was more enjoyable than a blow by blow, mile by mile report of the ultra, the 5k and my run with Trail Fest Scotland, Harvey Maps and the rest of the #MapsForTrailRunners squad. 

This weekend coming, Mandy and I plan to go to Portobello parkrun to celebrate their 3rd birthday, we might see you there! 

Owain Williams

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