Sheep Trails and Deer Antlers

I’m sure this title is a little confusing for many! It is, however, a good reflection of my run on the Western Way Trail yesterday. I went fishing for the afternoon and stuck on my trail runners to do a similar run on the trail as I had completed 2 weeks ago. I decided to veer off the trail early on and follow the bog and lakeshore to the base of the mountain before returning along the marked trail. As I ran through the bog my only secure footing was on the trails made by mountain sheep. It was incredibly soft and slippy ground but I feel I am improving on this terrain. The mountain is only a 25 minute scramble, but it is very steep, sometimes scarily so, and can be slippy under foot. The views from the top were incredible as always. On my return journey I spotted a very unusual object on the side of the trail.

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Red Deer antler found on the trail. Amazing.

Red Deer shed their antlers (made of bone) in March and April every year and they grow back longer the next year with more points (tines) on them. The antlers can grow at a rate of an inch per day.

I completed a very tricky 17km in 1hr 45 minutes and was glad to hop in the lake for a quick cool down. I had caught dinner earlier so I cooked up a tasty brown trout when I got home.

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Brown trout for tea.

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The view from the boat mooring on the Gleann shore of Lough Corrib, Galway.

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Hail, Wind, Hills and Sheep Dodging

Biking Oughterard/Seanafeistin route.

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I decided to tackle a few hills today so I started this 45km route from Oughterard up over hills down towards Rosaveel and back over the same route. It was a tough session with some awful hail showers along route. The course was dotted with sheep and lambs who looked at me as if I was fully nuts. I wasn’t as prepared as I usually am with gear and on returning to Oughterard I couldn’t feel my feet and my hands weren’t far behind!

The plan is to tackle this route a few times over the summer, however the road surface is awful and my bike won’t appreciate it much. My plan for today is to try a small run to test out the injury. My feeling is it is fine however I don’t intend on rushing back.

A little heat in portugal and some barefoot running on the beach and all will be well !