360 Degree Sunshine

What a fantastic day. If a day could be perfect then today was it. Started with a great sleep; straight through until 8am when I was awoken by the sun peeping under the bedroom door. I scrambled out of bed to check out the weather and was faced with clear blue skies with not a cloud to be seen. The plan for today was a real treat, our favourite scramble from home; across the suspension bridge and straight up the face of Beamsley Beacon before running from the cairn on to Roundhill summit. A long grassy descent took us back past the reservoir and right at concrete square leads us on to the final drop returning into Addingham. I wish I'd had my camera on the run today - really wanted to catch the gorgeous day in a box. The skies were clear, blue and bright; picking out every detail laid out in the valley whilst sunning the rugged shoulders of the surrounding hills.

Not sure what to do about my camera dilemma, it's a tricky one. I'm wondering how I can manage to lug about my lovely new D-SLR in a jolt free fashion for runs such as this. I'm wondering if I can find a modified bumbag on the market. The run today was particularly inspiring as Roundhill provides an unusual 360 degree view of the local scenery and is a great spot for capturing impressive panoramic shots of the surrounding valleys; you can see for miles in every direction.

The run was an eager and alert 10m at a nice steady pace despite the climbs and rough patches underfoot. I felt frisky, free and feather-like. It was great to wear shorts and a T-shirt as this always seems to add to the sense of freedom on a run like this. Felt overdue for a full 'heart' rather than a head run, (do you know what I mean?). Knowing my propensity to be v obsessive & intense about stuff I can get a bit focused on the 'session' and forget why I got into the sport in the first place. Today was a very welcome reminder of how wonderful running is. I'm also very lucky that I share it with someone I love. I came home feeling very elated and ready to tackle anything (except the clematis now taking over the house - must get round to it). Back with a bump though as spent the rest of the lovely sunny day doing chores and finishing off a paper for work tomorrow. A grim contrast to this morning but you have to have the lows to appreciate the highs ...a short week ahead and 4 lovely full running days to come.

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  1. what a great day! sounds like one of those runs where you can't understand why everyone's not doing this.
    ...have a look a some mtb bags they seem to have a lot of camera bag additions

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  2. markh (Rothwell Harriers)Monday, April 06, 2009 10:24:00 am

    Hi Sarah.
    I got round Blackpool Marathon in 2:58.
    The last 3 miles were torture ! but at least I've got my GFA place back for London which was my primary aim.
    Looking forward to a nice long rest now.

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  3. Sounds like a great run! Check out the lowepro range of camera bags, you might find they do something you can run with. I have an Olympus mu 790SW camera that I bought specifically with running/biking in mind, it's drop proof, waterproof etc I think I'd find the SLR a bit bulky for taking out running.

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  4. Thanks for the tips guys, will have a look online for a nifty sac, have a birthday on the way so could be a good time to be doing my research.

    Just to say well done to you Mark, what a fantastic run! Comfortably under 3 hrs. What's next on the calendar? Will we be bumping in to you at any local races? I plan to do your local 10k on May day. Well done for a brilliant effort. You couldn't have had a more beautiful day. Have been waiting for the results on John Schofield to check it out.

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  5. Thanks Runningbear.
    I'm on holiday so won't be at the Rothwell 10k this year.
    I have no races planned at the moment but hope to do a few 10k's in the summer.
    Good luck for Salford.
    I hate 10k's ! much prefer the longer stuff.

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  6. Thanks Mark. Enjoy your hols, you've definitely earned your break after your marathon performance. Keep in touch and will keep an eye out for your future races. Salford is a bit of a toe in the water - hoping my running mojo will be back soon!

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