Juneathon is where I do some form of exercise everyday, log it and then blog about it. It’s the perfect motivation to get back into the exercise habit. Today is Day 1 and I woke up bright and early at 6am. The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky although it did look a bit breezy. So I took the decision to go now, well after a bit of breakfast and rehydration. I decided to go up the mountain rather than slog along the A5, mainly because the views are stunning.
As I set off up the mountain I realised perhaps this wasn’t the best decision. Breathing was laboured within a few minutes and I just wanted to turn round and go home, but I remembered training from last year. Don’t stop, just slow down, which was excellent advice. I did stop occasionally to take photos and they are below.
The mountain road goes for miles and it’s all uphill until the road meets the forest track. I wasn’t going that far and planned to get as far as the cattle grid, which this time last year took me about 10 – 15 minutes on a hot day. It took me twice that time today! Shows how unfit I am.
Once there the views are stunning. A great reward for setting off at the crack of dawn. The air is that much clearer, the heat of the day hasn’t settled in and I saw no-one.
Coming back was a breeze. A short walk out and a walky run back. The only disappointment was that the Garmin didn’t work in that it didn’t plot my route. This maybe because it couldn’t pick up the satellites past a certain point but I’ll check it tomorrow. Day 1 logged with Runkeeper and RunningFree.