Twitter Pinterest

RUN eat REPEAT



Planes, trails, ‘any auld shite’

Planes, trails, ‘any auld shite’

Clock2nd September 2015

This August I was incredibly fortunate to get 4 weeks of leave which was split between Galicia and Ireland – 2 stunning locations full of friendly folk! Oh and I managed a spot of running 🙂

 

Travel is fascinating in so many ways – for me it’s about sampling the local food, the people, experiencing other elements of the culture, the sights, the language. Running also offers a chance to clear your head, breathe in the fresh local air. Below are my pics which hopefully give you a sense of the trails and some food I enjoyed.

Okay I only managed 4x relatively short runs of 5-8km each during August. Plus 2 spots of speed training around our villa grounds (the Brownlee drill). So it’s fair to say I put on about 5lbs, or around 10-12kg! So now I’m back home and working off that barrel!

Some shots from Pontevedra, Galicia – I’ll definitely return…

isla-cies

Isla Cies – Best Beach In the World?

 

 

galicia-villa galicia-villa-basketballsantiago-trail1 santiago-trail2santiago-trail4 santiago-trail3

galician-trail

Buenos días!

 

river-minho-forest-fire

Forest fire planes in action

galicia-fried-fish galicia-paellagalicia-hake-stew galicia-king-prawns-lemon-garlicgalicia-smoothie-watermelon galicia   galician-trail-forest tui-river-minho

The food and quality of ingredients was amazing. Local market fayre so much better than what we can often buy here in the UK. I took full advantage of the seafood, such as Fried Fish, Paella, Galician Hake Stew and the odd homemade smoothie

During our stay, I was inspired to add the Camino de Santiago to my bucket list. I’m not at all religious but have no doubt such a route and adventure would be good for the soul 🙂

Then it was a flight home, followed by 2.5hrs sleep max and a drive to Holyhead for the ferry to Ireland. I knew this would trigger the Lymes symptoms but was prepared to lose 2-3 days to that for such a time away.

We spent 6 active days in Rosscarbery, West Cork, then enjoyed 5-star luxury at the Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny for 2 nights R&R, followed by 4 days of joy in near Blessington, Wicklow – a great base for some stunning scenery. The Lyrath even served Butternut Squash soup very similar to my own – though theirs was nicer due to serving it with Guinness bread!

 

Selected pics from Ireland – where we’ve holidayed about 9 times now…

 

rosscarbery-crab-cottage-post-run

Post-run rest

rosscarbery-crab-cottage-view rosscarbery-crab-cottage-view-inlandlyrath butternut-squash-coconut-souplyrath-trail-start lyrath-trail2 lyrath-trail3 lyrath-trail7

lyrath-trail6

Lyrath Estate approach

lyrath-trail4 lyrath-trail5  wicklow-blessington-trail wicklow-blessington-trail2

wicklow-way

Wicklow Way nr Glendalough

Classic Celtic honesty

Classic Celtic honesty

wicklow-blessington-trail3

Double rainbow on Lake Blessington

 

As you might suspect from above, the 127km Wicklow Way was also added to my bucket list. I’ve invited some fellow Rochdale Harriers and friends to consider doing this with me in around 2 years time 🙂

 

So all being well, Autumn/Winter looks ahead to several Lakeland Trails adventures, plus some off-road training. Can’t wait!

Jeff

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *