Beautiful Birds

A couple of pictures I managed to snap an hour ago.


This was taken at full zoom on my pocket camera so the picture is starting to distort but I thought I’d post it anyway as the bird looks awesome.  I’m thinking it’s a buzzard, but please anyone correct me if you know better.


And I think this was it just a few minutes earlier.  I thought it made a rather nice picture against the setting sun.


2016K Challenge – A Sorry Tale

You know I can’t quite believe it’s 11th January already – I feel as though I’ve been on an extended Christmas break and I’ve been neglecting this blog so enough is enough!

Anyway, I thought I should post my final update on my 2016K Challenge.  If you remember I was trying to run 2016 kilometres in 2016.  As you can probably guess from the title of this post, things didn’t quite work out.

So by the end of 2016 I was short of my target by:

183.81 miles, or 287.51 km

In black and white this does sound quite a lot but I still think it was a worthwhile exercise.  As I’ve previously mentioned, I underestimated how long it would take me to come back from the marathon.  I was expecting to be out jogging within a week or so where in fact I probably did very little running for a good month.

However no such problems for 2017 – for a start I haven’t set myself any targets for achieving a certain mileage by the end of the year.  And secondly, no more marathons.

My first run is a little 5K in Inverness in March (a race I haven’t done before) and this will lead up nicely to the Edinburgh Half Marathon at the end of May.

So that’s it – I am officially an ex-marathon runner.

Let the running commence!


2016K Challenge – Weeks 48 and 49

Week 48

Distance completed    =     13 miles    (20.10 km)

Distance to go               =    234.81 miles  (369.61 km)


Week 49

Distance completed   =    12 miles (19.30 km)

Distance to go              =   222.81 miles ( 350.31 km)

Well with the best will in the world I’m not going to run 200 miles in three weeks.  As I’ve said in previous posts, I underestimated how much the marathon would take out of me back in May.  Never mind it’s been an interesting exercise.

No challenges next year, just a couple of new races to look forward to.  I can’t wait!