De-Stressing

Today was one of those warm, warm days here in Tramore.

The sea was calm, blue and lovely. I drove out along The Copper Coast and had my swim in the glorious shelter of the tall cliffs out at Ballydwane Cove.

The Copper Coast, Co. Waterford.
The Copper Coast, Co. Waterford.

As I soaked in the water and then dried off with my back toasting against a sun-kissed rock, I wondered if there were any better ways to de-stress.

Other things on my list include:

#1. Being with Puppy Stan

#2. Digging the garden

#3. Taking photographs

#4. Writing a journal

#5. Walking in woodlands

#6. Reading poetry

#7. Watching the fire

#8. Listening to audio-books in bed

#9. Blogging

#10. Wave watching

What would you add to/subtract from this de-stressing list?

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Balance

 

Surfing in Tramore, Co. Waterford
Surfing in Tramore, Co. Waterford

I was watching this guy surfing this morning and simply loved his balance and poise in a world that seems to have gone more than a bit crazy with consumerism, materialism, hustle, bustle and stress.

There’s so much to be said for finding space to relax, unwind and be at one with nature.

Going with the Flow
Going with the Flow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come Phunning!

Sign on the Anne Valley Trail, Dunhill, Co. Waterford
Sign on the Anne Valley Trail, Dunhill, Co. Waterford

You’ll have to understand that cinder paths put a spring in my step and you’ll also have to understand a few other things too.

I used to run a lot to build stamina for tennis and have a fiercely competitive streak within myself about times and distances. There’s the little issues, though, of having broken my ankle twice and banjaxed my back in the years since I was running pretty much daily.

My main running started on a wonderful cinder track at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda, Co. Louth, which had been built for either the European or World Student Games back in the 1960s. It was way ahead of its time and made one glide along like a true athlete.

I’ve reached a stage in my life when I feel that if I don’t get running NOW, I never will again and that thought is horrific.

Sooooooooooo, I’ve come up with the idea of ‘Phunning’ ~ that’s gentle running+walking with absolutely no emphasis on times/distances combined with taking a few photographs along the way.

The Anne Valley Trail in Dunhill here in Co. Waterford is the perfect place for this pursuit. It’s a 2.2km (each way) linear path that brings one from Dunhill Village to the magnificent elevated ruin of Dunhill Castle.

Dunhill Castle from the Anne Valley Trail
Dunhill Castle from the Anne Valley Trail

The path is the nearest thing to cinder that one could find and it twists and turns around the Anne River.

The Anne River
The Anne River

I’m setting myself the grand goal of trying to run at least one way by Christmas and have been out twice already this week, interspersing walking and running. So far, so good in terms of the creaking bones.

The Audience
The Audience

I hope that by writing about it here and declaring my intentions to the world, that I will manage to keep going.

I’d love to have some company on this little adventure so maybe some of you former runners would dust down your shoes and find a trail near you and share in my de-stressing!

De-Stressing on the Anne Valley Trail
De-Stressing on the Anne Valley Trail

and yes, my hand does fit!

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Worry Tree on The Anne Valley Trail