Ocoach

The ramblings of Lynne Walker

I will be home about 1:15pm

Well, that was the intention when I called Paul from Aviemore, but lots happened and it was 3:15pm when I arrived home.

First off, a trip to Aviemore to the dentist. This would be combined with a run and a meeting. All clear at the dentist but I was offered a scale, a wait of 20 minutes. I thought ‘Fine’ and sent two texts and one email to Hilary, who I was meeting. Why two texts? She has lost a phone and I was not sure which one so I sent a text to each.

Next, the meeting, arranged for the Mountain Café so a good excuse to have some cake (plain chocolate rocky road, yum!) while Hilary finished off a breakfast! A good meeting, finalising the sportscotland coaching scorecard and dividing up the reporting work.

Then some shopping, including a small blow torch for burning the top of food (wanted one for ages and now have a purple one). I called Paul as I was walking along the street “I should be home by 1:15pm; I just have to collect your prescription and have my run. Have lunch before then if you want to.” Famous last words, “I just have to collect your prescription”. 20 minutes later I had it - a long queue for prescriptions, there must be a load of ill people in Aviemore.

Mirror calm on Loch MallachieNow for a run, around the trails near Loch Mallachie and Loch Garten. These trails are reasonable forest road and softer single track paths. I had packed my running kit bag the night before after we had been orienteering in -2°C, a couple of warm jackets, warm tights and warm thermal. The temperature was 7°C though so I would be a bit too warm! I set off, intending to do a figure of eight on trails. Frost (not Paul) had altered the ground with many of the pebbles sunken in and a bit mushy in other places. At least it was soft underfoot. Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie were mirror calm - several stops to take pictures. Wow, what a place to run, I am so lucky to have this close by. Then on the return loop (bottom of the fig of 8) I spotted a path I had not been on, let’s explore that! It was lovely, quite flat and a great surface. Back at the car I only had another 400m to go and I would have run 10km so out to do this.

Just as I finished the run, my phone went. It was the optician and my contact lenses were in. I was really short of left lenses (for some reason I seem to be good at either losing these or splitting them) so I called Paul to say it would be after 3pm before I arrived home; he had already had lunch and made mine.

Lenses collected, I arrived home and the first priority was food! It did not take long for the sandwich to disappear into me.

Two days after this lovely run we went for a 5km run at Daviot near to Inverness. They have a 5km ‘Fitness trail’ here. It is not very much - just marker posts every 1km, marked for doing the circuit clockwise or anticlockwise. It is almost all on tracks with one really lovely path. There is a little bit of ascent in the 5km, about 60m so it is a good route to try and run quite fast especially as the final part is slightly downhill. Worthwhile doing if we are going into Inverness, although we had to have a ‘wipes’ clean up in the back of the car before inflicting ourselves on the general public!

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Mirror calm on Loch Mallachie

Mirror calm on Loch Mallachie

Loch Garten woods

Loch Garten woods

Roots and erosion

Roots and erosion

Path running

Path running

Sunken stones

Sunken stones