Saturday, 27 February 2010

Tollie Path Run

Anna is going to seek the sun for a week, so we are looking after her Westie 'Gus'. He runs with her so we took him on our long run today, perhaps his longest yet, approx 19 miles .

The snow had stopped and the roads were clear, but the wind was cold, so we wrapped up well. The first 4 miles from our home was on the main road that eventually goes to Ullapool, its hilly, but we managed to run it all. Then we headed for the wilderness trail that runs down to Loch Maree (the Tollie Path), it was snowy and icy so we had to walk a lot.

On the start on the Tollie path Once we reached the top of the pass we could see Loch Maree in the distance, still icy and slippy, we both had a few moments (falls). It was very cold here and our hands suffered a bit.
Once we dropped to the Loch we ran along forest trails to the main road, there was a long climb up the road to the cattle grid where the road becomes a single track one, we ran past Loch Bad na Sgalaig which was frozen (pic below)

We ran past another trail which we have enjoyed walking / running

And finally we left the road to run in our local woods 'Flowerdale', it was still snowy but quite good to run.
Finally we ran the last mile home along the road, it was now sunny and we had lovely views of Skye. A good training run for the Marathon and a very tired dog (& humans).

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