Pointe Feuillette Training Run

On Saturday I went for a long run, but took a new route for the first time and discovered a great trail that despite being on my doorstep, I had never ran.

The panorama above shows the view from Pointe Feuillette, the high point of the run.

It was a hot and sunny day, so as usual I ran 8km around our valley with Eric, my border collie, then left him at home in the shade while I went on to run the rest of the route. For the first 20km I didn’t see anybody, and had the whole place to myself.

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The first hour of ascent was through shaded woodland which kept me cool and the sun off

The first hour of ascent was through shaded woodland which kept me cool and the sun off

The trail is getting a bit precarious, but nice and cool and shady in places

The trail is getting a bit precarious, but nice and cool and shady in places

By this point I'd lost the path again

By this point I’d lost the path again

Made it to the top of Pointe Feuillette - mostly downhill from here

Made it to the top of Pointe Feuillette – mostly downhill from here

The locals, eyeing me suspiciously

The locals, eyeing me suspiciously

A great bird’s eye view of my usual running trails down in the valley

A great bird’s eye view of my usual running trails down in the valley

Back down in the valley – the dark groove in the rocks at the top of the hill was the trail I too earlier.

Back down in the valley – the dark groove in the rocks at the top of the hill was the trail I too earlier.

 

 

 

 

Pic de l’Aigle 360°

Pic de l’Aigle (the Eagle’s Peak) is a mountain that I can see right from my living room window. It’s my go-to climb whenever I want to go for a tougher than usual run, as a door-to-door loop takes just under two hours, is 13km and climbs about 650m.

I ran it on Sunday, with a quick ‘warm up session’ down the valley – 8km running with the dog. I then dropped him off at home as it was pretty hot and there aren’t any streams running up there this time of year.

Despite it being Bastille Day, the weekend when hordes of tourists descend on us for the summer, I had the whole mountain to myself, and took this 360 panorama with the Photosynth app.