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A nice little walk today along The Great Trossachs Path. We did ~13 miles with 1400’ climbing in a point to point with a stop for lunch in a cute little inn along the trail. We hadn’t planned to complete the entire hike as we were both pretty exhausted and the forecast called for some heavier rain in the afternoon, but the rain held off and we pressed on. Ended in the town of Callendar and took a taxi back to our car. My Garmin tells me that I have put in 41 miles in the past 5 days and we are definitely feeling it this evening. One more day in Scotland then we are off to London for 2 days!
Bagged my first Munro this afternoon! Summited Ben Lomond in high winds and was rewarded with an amazing view. The entire hike was beautiful and challenging. The last mile push to the summit was pretty treacherous especially the last half mile which was on very narrow paths that were covered in deep snow and ice with winds strong enough that I had to hold on to the mountain at times to steady myself. There were few times I considered turning back since I was solo, but pushed on to the summit and am glad I did.
Ran a 5k in Falkirk this morning. No plans to actually race it because I haven’t been running for a couple months, but did end up pushing my effort enough to get close to a sub-30 on the hilly course. (Evidently a “wee hill” in Scotland is 12% grade. 😂) Had an awesome time and made friends with a young runner for the last 2k. Was awesome to get to run some trails here in the UK. Quite muddy, but beautiful. 🏴
Another morning running along the cliffs. I’m totally afraid of heights, but have been pushing myself closer to the edge. Pushing myself to become even more comfortable with being uncomfortable. The weather was perfect for this run and while the trail has warmed up and dried out considerably, there was still some mud to run through and small blankets of snow on the side of the trail. There were even more signs of life this week with buds starting to form, some grasses coming back, and some trees sprouting their first leaves. I love watching the season change on the trail!
First run in almost two weeks! It was snowy, slushy, muddy, and gorgeous. Goal for the run was 2.5 hours or 10 miles, whichever came first and to keep HR in the 140s. Did 10 miles in 2:30:11 and paused to walk and take photos. I was patient with myself and in return the wildlife I saw was patient with me and allowed me to get close. Two hawks flew by me on the cliffs about 15-20’ out. A crow talked to me (all he said was CA-CAH) and checked me out while I snapped a photo of him, and a doe with two fawn let me pass within 10’ of them. She continued to eat berries while keeping an eye on me. Weather was perfect, the trail was great despite some sogginess, and I had the trail all to myself. 💕
66 flights of stairs to help stomp out MS are done! As promised, I did the climb in my unicorn onesie. It was so much fun surprising volunteers on each floor and seeing their reactions. Everyone loves a unicorn! I am so proud and grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life who supported me in this climb. Thank you so much again to everyone who contributed! 🦄💕😘 #mssociety #climbtothetop