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Beachcomber66Graduate10

I will get to the running bit, but I felt compelled to capture a picture of the best flat white I have ever tasted, which was followed by a superbly flavoured Moroccan vegetarian soup, yet another flat white and finally incredible lemon cannolis. The Italian lady who owns this tiny cafe is amazing …..how we have missed Scilly!!

Back to running. After 6 weeks of frustration with this stubborn calf issue, I seem to be making progress. All of the runs around here are hilly, so I have had to keep my pace down to a minute/k below average and my calf appears to like it. I am being really good about stretches and exercises too, and non run days are filled with long walks. So 🤞…. I have found a way out of this frustrating series of set backs. Our normal holiday routine is a natural rehab programme. Given that I am trying to build up to a September HM, keeping the pace right down really doesn’t matter; it is just about finishing the run. 🤞🤞🤞

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Instructor57 profile image
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A picture of peace indeed ! 😁Lovely view .

And great that your calf is behaving !

Good luck with the HM in September 👍

Grannyhugs profile image
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Lovely to have great flavoursome food🥰. Great to hear your new running pace is paying off, good luck on working up to 1/2 marathon distance. Happy running 🤗

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Delly-dotGraduate10

Looks like utter bliss - both the coffee and the view. 😌 What a wonderful place to holiday, run and walk. It all seems to be a perfect combination for helping your progress continue. Happy running 😊

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Delly-dot

Thanks DD. This place is all about how it makes you feel

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Delly-dotGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

My family have a special place like that in Crete, well off the beaten track and only accessible by boat. 🇬🇷 I’m longing to go back, hopefully it won’t be too long…..

Enjoy your special place ☺️

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Looks like a legendary flat white for the discerning aficionado that you are BC! What a wonderful cafe. 🥰

It also sounds like Scilly running is just what you’re needing, so have a great time and keep sending pics! 😀

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Only missing piece of the jig saw is Wally the Walrus. He was around the islands for the first couple of days of our stay, but he has done a lot of damage to boats, trying to haul himself out of the water for a rest. The harbour master has towed him out to sea (presumably on a boat he was occupying; you can't make a ton and a half go anywhere it doesn't want to go!). I think that he will be back though. He went over to France for a short visit a little while ago but soon came back to Scilly. Clearly very intelligent! A bit like trying to re locate a homing pigeon.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

He sounds like a real character! 🦭 (ok, it’s a sea lion but I’m sure you’ll forgive me!) 😅

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Close enough 🙂

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Dexy5Graduate10

I’m so pleased to hear that your running is going well Beachcomber66. Slow running doesn’t do any harm . That does look a perfect flat white with a heart on top.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

The lady clearly knows what she is doing and takes a great deal of care to make everything look and taste so good it takes you by surprise. 🙂

BC that looks breathtaking, and just what we all need. I've just had a few days in the lake District and it was bliss😊

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to grumpyoldgirl

It is just what we need. The train journey down here, via London, was a bit overwhelming in terms of people numbers, but now we are here we can find lots of space and breathtaking views. We walked over 10 miles today; good cross training!!

Never been there but it looks just beautiful, enjoy the space!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to grumpyoldgirl

You too grumps.🙂

Week7 profile image
Week7Graduate10

Oh sounds like a lovely break!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Week7

This place is beautiful, especially when the weather is right (as it is much of the time). We are really chilled out already.

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Week7Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Perfect

Irishprincess profile image
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Ooh BC your post has made me hungry 😋 I adore all Italian food and am sure I was an Italian in a previous life 🙂

And such good news about the calf, you must be chuffed to bits 👍

Bring on that HM!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IP. She does a lot of veggie stuff too; the flavouring is amazing and that is coming from a confirmed carnivore!

I think the long walks we are doing are probably helping my calf;🤞 it has been as good as gold since we landed here. I have done a 5k and a 6k. Next will be 7, then maybe 6, 7, 8. I know that breaks the 10% rule, but I need to take some risks if I am going to be ready for the big day.

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IrishprincessAmbassador in reply to Beachcomber66

Taking risks is what life is about isn’t it? EG….. should I have that extra portion or will I regret it tomorrow….? 🤔

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Irishprincess

Definitely; I feel really strong after these long walks …..probably deluded but who cares 👍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Lemon cannoli - yum! I thought at first that you said you had missed Sicily! 😜Glad the return to form is going well.👍

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Cheers JP. Apparently they make the cannoli much bigger in Sicily than in the rest of Italy; amazing stuff!! 😋

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10

Sounds very restorative. We’re in Northumberland this week and doing lots of walking (Mr S has finally booked a physio appointment for his painful knee as a result of me marching him across sand 🤣). I’ll get back to running when we’re home again!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

We seem to have managed 50 miles (including 2 runs for me) in the last 6 days. Must be doing us some good! Tresco today I think with lunch at The Ruin Cafe. Tough love for Mr S !!

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Perfect! Alnwick Castle and garden for us yesterday (eye wateringly expensive) in the sunshine but now rain and high winds. Good old British weather eh? Going home though!

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Newbie59 in reply to Sandie1961

I can recommend Howick Hall Gardens just south of Craster, beautiful and much cheaper than Alnwick Garden, and it has the Earl Grey Tea room :)

For next time!

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Mormor1Graduate10

Yes, finishing the run is definitely a priority for me, wins over pace any day. Tolerating frustration shows real maturity, so they say!! Well done, beautiful view and I'm going to Google Moroccan soup as you are the 2nd person to mention it recently.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Mormor1

You are doing brilliantly Mormor1. I found that achieving these milestones got easier; 0 to 5k was the hard bit, the rest just followed on from following the right formula. Injuries have been the issue over the last year; my latest of many theories is that I have been running too quickly too often, so Operation Snail has been invoked. Hope you find some good soup.🙂

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Mormor1Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes, agreed, luckily running slow is not difficult in my case 😆

What a nice relaxing picture, makes me want to go running

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Billy5

Me too!! Trouble is we keep doing these long walks as well!, Long run in the morning!!

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Raisemeup60minGraduate

I've been deliberating over the past few years about going to Scillys and your photo and comments have sealed the deal for me! To know that there are possibilities to run is also encouraging.Best of luck with the calf and your training for the 'big run' and enjoy that beautiful part of the world you have found. Best wishes ☺️.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Raisemeup

Thank you Raisemeup. We have just retuned from a day out on Tresco; a 9 mile walk, lunch at the Ruin Cafe and lovely weather. I was going to go for a run tonight, but will probably go first thing tomorrow! 😴

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Raisemeup60minGraduate

Oh, lovely, - enjoy!

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