Ooo I do love a spot of alliteration (hence my blog name) and today’s adventure fitted this perfectly: two runs in one day – woo hoo!
A while back Gem mentioned the fact she’d entered the 6th Trail (6km) at Portmeirion and given the fact we had both survived doing the Coed y Brenin half, I figured it couldn’t hurt to enter this one too.
My original plan had been to have a lie in and a mooch about before heading down to Portmeirion. However, given the fact that Owen was on his way back from a work trip in Estonia and Ella was still in kennels I had a quick rethink, a quick check in with the coach and decided that going for a plod at Parkrun this morning would actually be a lovely idea. I love how friendly an atmosphere we have at Penrhyn Parkrun and the fact that not one but two of my lovely running buddies were up for a gentle plod with me. Thank you Claire and Fran for a lovely spring run this morning!
After a quick cake stop, I headed to the crazy little village that is Portmeirion, a little tasty of Italy in North Wales. If you have never been it is so worth a trip just to walk around and explore; I like to tie these explorations in with something else such as the Christmas Fair (or trail runs, apparently) and went to meet Gem. After an unnerving/hilarious “hunt the friend” game in the car park and pick up of my race number we had a little mooch about the village so Gem could see the bonkers architecture set in the beautiful landscape that is this peninsula.
1pm and the race started. We had already agreed that we would see each other at the finish line and off we set to enjoy this trail. The route was such fun but really tough! Even with my investigation of the course profile I hadn’t anticipated how tough the climbs would be but the downhills were awesome! I was delighted to come in under the hour mark once I had sussed out the route! I do love a trail run, it’s such a different ball game to road running and everyone is just so delighted to be able to make progress; yes, you may have to walk up the really steep bits but then you can really open up on the descents! It was so lovely to spend some proper time with Gem too, I’m loving how our catch ups involve doing things, can’t wait to plan the next one!