Planes, trails, ‘any auld shite’
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…
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…
So all being well, Autumn/Winter looks ahead to several Lakeland Trails adventures, plus some off-road training. Can’t wait!