Sunday, 29 May 2016

I need a Tent!

As I have a few days enforced rest as dodgy leg has been a bit painful (too much pace too soon), I have been looking at what I need for goals I currently have, I need a quality tent! I need one suitable for the mountains and lightweight enough for running events too...oh well that's on the wish list!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

well firstly another set back a History course I really wanted to do and would have helped with my degree and been a big step forward has unfortunately refused me a place, seems like as I'm a mature student and distance learner at open uni, so not at the 'right sort' of Uni for them...a shame that the BSR does no support all classical history students.

I have still managed to get out running though and I'm actually starting get a bit faster again which is a nice positive, so still keep trying move forward, but I find the knock backs very hard :(

Saturday, 21 May 2016


Hi all
I've had these boots for a weeks now thank to HI-TEC and have waited to post review till had given them some good use. Here is the photo's from unboxing these beauties :)

 I've worn a lot of different hiking boots over the years from heavy winter boots and military combat boots to lightweights and it is hard normally to get a good balance of support and construction without the boot getting very heavy. The Hi-Tec's have coped really well with this and gave me plenty of support(I have a dodgy ankle) on some really poor terrain, the tread also is well designed and I found it bit into the terrain when I need it on scrabbley ascents and descents. When talking about comfort it is worth mentioning the OrthoLite® Impressions insole these do as promised and after you've worn them for a while they do mould to your feet, and you notice this when swap from a normal shoe to them.

The weight does make a difference when trying set a bit of a pace and these boots keep your feet warm but not uncomfortably so even in quite warm weather I found, which can be a problem with some waterproof boots. I think the Vibram RollinGait System midsole which is designed to help your walking gate also helps you set a brisk pace naturally, well it seemed to help mine.

So to give some info I have tried these on some long walks on trail paths, also mountain walk and some hill walks so they have coped well in all conditions too (mostly wet Wales, but few warm days!)

Thanks HI-TEC for making a great pair of boots which I happily recommend, and the big question would I buy again...yes! I have some more images from the field tests as soon as I get sent them (they were not taken on my phone..)

here is a direct link to HI-TEC Online store if anyone would like more information
Gareth (TheTryAth)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Guardian of the Bridge!

Nice walk this morning with my Dog always helps my state of mind, and behold Alfie 'The Guardian Beast of the Bridge', only a tribute of buttery toast or fish fingers will gain you safe passage!

Monday, 16 May 2016

an inspirational runner, Nicky Spinks

I have been following online Nicky Spinks as she runs the Double Bob Graham Round, she completed it in a new record of 45 hrs 30mins what an,awesome lady and achievement! really found this story inspirational. Not just her run but her background story, reading about people like this gives motivation and strength to all.

congratulations to Nicky

on twitter she is @NickySpinks

Saturday, 14 May 2016

setbacks and support

I know setbacks happen to everyone, but part of depression is it is very hard to gain any confidence and positivity and hope, then when you do then it is easy to lose it! I've had quite a few setbacks lately, and when thinking clearer you can accept them but depression makes you take them ALL personally. Also you find out who really believes in your recovery  when you need support, people say great idea's to try do positives but when you ask them for some support they turn you away..

I am going to try go forward with some idea's like getting my mountain leader award eventually, but please world try be nice for a while and help me out, while I try be positive and not knock me down so often...


have a good weekend all

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Hi all
got out for an early run this morning, sometimes I forget how much of a positive experience running very early in the morning is, feeling better today than I have for a long time.

if you have never ran early it is worth a try, especially now the warmer weather is here! :)

Sunday, 8 May 2016

ran 5 miles in 41m 16s. had a bad week felt rubbish not ran since last sunday and eaten loads, so struggled today try for a better week from tomorrow!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Upped the miles again today, an easy pace but 8 miles in 1:07:38. I needed it too! had a stressful day, but tomorrow is a new day, and I'm going try not hold on to issues...easier said than done but I need do it.

 I still want try move forward with mountain training as think that could help me socially and confidence, but travel is an issue at moment, need some help or support...or need a fairy god mother to turn a pumpkin into a car!