Sunday, May 13, 2012
I can't believe how time flies! It seems like just yesterday I started planning and booking my trip and now here it is: I leave for my Scotland trip a week from tomorrow! I am so excited I almost can't contain myself. If you're not up to date, I will be running the West Highland Way, about 20 miles per day for 5 days, and a tour company has booked Bed & Breakfasts for me and will be lugging my baggage. I've been thinking of doing this trip for about 10 years, and can't believe the time has finally come. I have a friend in Glasgow who is letting me stay at his apartment, and he will also join me on the trail for the first few miles. Then he will pick me up nearly a week later at the northern end of the trail.
I had a great week prepping my mileage for the trip this week. It's the first week since Pemberton 50k back in February and since my back injury that I've been able to do 40 miles in one week! I had almost 10,000 ft of elevation gain as well. I had a little bit of achy-ness in my achilles/heel on one side, but it's feeling better after icing it down the last few times after I ran.
I've been trying to get some yard work done too; and hopefully this place will not look like Miss Havisham's when I get back after my three week trip. After my week in Scotland, I'll be R&R-ing in southern Germany at our house in the Alps. I am a lucky girl! Ugh... all the headaches that that house has caused us lately (the boiler-tank was the latest thing to go after the pipes burst this winter. Completely rusted out, and will cost about $10,000 to fix, because it not only supplies the hot water for the house, but is also the main component of the radiator-heating system). I'm glad I will finally be over there to enjoy the house for a few days, instead of just paying bills on it! Really looking forward to seeing my friends over there as well, and eating delicious German food, drinking lots of great beer, and of course having daily coffee and cake at 3:30!
The travel bug has bitten me and I'm grateful to have such support from so many people, both here in the US and in Europe, to be able to do this once in a lifetime trip!
Photos today are of one of our favorite dog walks. The wildflowers are out early this year, because of the mild winter. Hopefully they will still be in full bloom when I get back in June!