Barefoot Running Magazine, Issue 13 (Autumn/Winter 2014)

The latest Barefoot Running MagazineIssue 13, Autumn/Winter 2014,  is now available including my reviews of the Suunto Ambit3 Sport and The North Face FL Race Vest.

“IN THIS ISSUE: We talk to impressive ultra runner, Patrick Sweeney, David discusses athleticism and the nature/nurture debate, we give you tips on reading the road and how to do a deep squat, delve into the details of the amazing life of Louis Zamperini, find out about the fabulous children’s charity “Kids Run Free” and offer you the opportunity to win a pair of the popular Swiss Socks.  Plus, the usual musings and info from our column writers, product reviews, letters, Q & A and more…

The Cake Shop Finish

Saturday’s run saw me running from our base in Rothiemurchus, out towards Glen Einich before taking a right turn towards Loch an Eilein, where I knew that the family were all going to be walking.

Harris was yet to fall asleep, preferring instead to play hide and seek with his Granda in the trees, and, as such, I opted to make another loop around Loch an Eilein before then heading towards the Inshriach Nursery Potting Shed Tearoom, where we agreed to meet up for coffee and cake.

The loch was perfectly still, with excellent reflections in the mirror like water, a photographic opportunity too good to miss!

I didn’t have too long to wait before being joined by a newly wakened Harris and the rest of the family, all keen to sample the renowned cakes on offer. As always, the cake didn’t disappoint and we were all able to enjoy our refreshments whilst watching numerous birds feeding on the provided fat balls and nuts.

No squirrels this time, a rare occurrence, but the arrival of a wood pecker made up for this.

What better way to finish a run than at one of the country’s finest cake shops, with surely one of the best & most entertaining views on offer from any cake shop. Plus I had the added bonus of knowing that my cake had been well earned, having covered approx. 9 miles between the trails and road.

Glen Einich Run

I was fortunate enough to be back in the Cairngorms for a few days this weekend just past. More photos to follow but, for now, here’s some of my favourite shots, taken on an early morning run from Rothiemurchus towards Loch Einich.

The sky was gradually lit with a red hue, making for some interesting photographs. The images show the view back towards Aviemore, and the view towards Loch Einich, mostly taken from a high point on the route. I opted to take some panoramas to make the most of the light/scenery combination as standard photos (iPhone 6) just wouldn’t do it justice.

It’s one of my favourite runs when staying in Rothiemurchus, with the option to ‘go long’, running right up to Loch Einich, or, as I did on this occasion, to run approx. 8.5 miles in an out and back with approx 780ft of ascent, to the high point from where I took most of the photos.

Altra Ambassador Application

I should possibly be keeping this quiet in the hope that it will aid my own application but it’s too good an opportunity to miss. Altra are looking for potential Ambassadors, to run in their shoes:

“Are you a dedicated runner, adventurer, ultramarathoner or triathlete who sees sport as a lifestyle, not just a hobby or an event?
If so, we invite you to apply for the 2015 Altra Athlete Ambassador program. We will be selecting about 50 total ambassadors for the coming year. These will fall into 3 categories – Road Running, Trail/Ultra Running and Triathlon.”

They are looking for athletes who are:

  • Authentic. Our ambassadors are the inspirational storytellers for our brand. That’s why our ambassadors will be highly motivated, enthusiastic self-starters who will validate Altra through their daily lives, sport, and community. Fast or slow, it doesn’t matter, athletes of all levels are encouraged to apply.
  • Passionate. Our ambassadors thrive in training and racing environments. They’re also passionate about Altra, and are excited to tell people about the benefits of our products. Social activity online and in person is important, as is loyalty to the brand and passion.
  • Involved. We’re looking for athletes who do more than seek to achieve their own PRs or goals – they’re active in the endurance sports community, whether through coaching, clubs, social media, blogs, forums and/or other outlets.

I’m a huge fan of the Altra Lone Peak 1.5, as my recent reviews both online and for Barefoot Running Magazine (Summer 2014 issue) will testify:

I have found it to be the perfect shoe for longer distances. Zero drop, with a spacious toe box and just enough cushioning to be comfortable but not so much as to detract too much from ground feel

More information:

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