A little running tour of my festive holidays in Edinburgh and home in the Scottish Borders. Miles clocked, friends made, sunrise spots attempted, festive appetites built, new hills climbed, the running bug continues…
Wednesday 21st – I ran around Inverleith Park and the Botanic Gardens, using the routes I spent a lot of my lunch breaks mosey-ing around when I was doing my PhD.
Thursday 22nd – Nige and I joined the Edinburgh Advent Running crew for a “6am club” dash around the Hermitage and up to Blackford Hill.
Friday 23rd – after a day of Christmas shopping and a trip to the cinema, Nige and I popped on our head torches and ran around some of the local trails of Mortonhall Estate.
Saturday 24th – I took Nige to the airport for an early flight back to Dublin for Christmas and then went on to do a Bodypump class at the Royal Commonwealth Pool before a run up and down Arthur’s Seat.
Sunday 25th – before the festivities kicked off on Christmas day, Tess and I ran around Spottiswoode Loch with Dad walking up an appetite for the day ahead. Advent Running 2016 complete!
Monday 26th – apparently not done with Advent Running, I fancied a little run down memory lane – or the River Tweed in this case – and retraced some steps of my first ultramarathon that I completed back in October.
Wednesday 28th – After an early airport pick up, Nige and I chased the sunrise with a run/hike up Allermuir in the Pentland Hills, but the skies were against us and the sun was hidden behind some gloomy clouds.
Friday 30th – Nige and I had a second attempt at sunrise catching and joined some Carnethy club runners for a 10 mile loop run around the Pentland Hills from Bonaly.
Saturday 31st – Nige and I finally found another running couple! Eoin and Aisling joined us for a 20.16km New Years Eve run from Peebles over the John Buchan Way and the Meldon hills.
Monday 2nd – for my final run of the holidays I joined local Scottish Borders clubs Lauderdale Limpers and Gala Harriers for their annual New Year social run, 10 miles between Tweedbank and Lauder finishing with coffee and bacon rolls!
A fitting end to the holidays, one packed with running adventures, some on well-trodden routes we love and some exploring new territory. Now it’s back to the city with run commutes, the work/life balance, my Fulham RC friends, cross training, yoga and more. Hello 2017.