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North Worcestershire Way

CIMG01729:00am and our alarm went off. I stuck my earphones in and sat up to do my daily meditation and let my husband rest another 20 minutes. 75 minutes later and we were out the door with our packs on our way to Northfield Train Station.

We took the train from here to Birmingham New St and then walked to Birmingham Moor Street to catch the train to Kidderminster at 11:10am.

Once we arrived into Kidderminster we walked westward to the small village of Bewdley to arrive at Hopley’s Caravan and Camping Family grounds.

It cost us only £8 each for our one man hiking tent pitches. We were shown which areas we could pick to place our tents on their map. It was a very large space and we picked an area just on the other side of a little pond in which we had to cross a little wooden bridge to get to.

We recently bought our 1 man hiking tents. They only weigh 1.4 kg, inner and outer sheet, hemmed, compact and waterproof for only £19.99 in ALDI.  We are extremely impressed with them. In fact I am more impressed with this than my Snugpak Lonosphere which was damaged and the outer sheet never touched the ground so got very windy inside. This ALDI tent not only touched the ground but was flush with the ground.  11251001_1666705740227078_3187664999759999975_n

I got my other equipment into my tent. With me I took my medium sized Thermarest NeoAir XLite inflatable mattress. This is a life saver in colder weather. Weighs next to nothing easy to erect and repack and feels suuuuper warm under your body. It pushes cold air back into the ground, while circulating warm body heat back to the body. The temperature dropped to 4 or 5oC over night but I still felt the warmth from the mattress.
My sleeping bag was the OMM Mountain Raid 1.0. I want to love this bag I really do but it’s not enough on its own in this country lol. The quality and weight is absolutely exceptional though and with my long john’s, trackies bottoms, 2 tshirts, fleece jacket and standard sleeping bag liner I was just about warm enough in 5oC. It really is a one season summer (our one week hot summer) type of bag.
Sneaks I wore my Salomon Speedcross 3s. Excellent shoes for grip and nice light weight. I feel like these are too structured and supportive for my type of landing though. I will be trying to use a HOKA trail sneak soon instead for extra cushioning and to help my over supination.
My bag was the WAA Ultra Pack 20L. I didn’t bring the front pouch. This is just enough size for my packed items and a kilogram of dates. Love this bag. Only long distances though (especially if not running) I may opt for a 45 L bag instead, so I can pack more food.
Clothing was just 2 cotton tshirts, fleece jacket and £10 trackie bottoms. I messed up with the trackies recently when I went to try the Pennine Way National Trail. Ideally I would like to take waterproof trousers, I checked what the odds were of rain this time though the day we left and it was only 2% so I took a gamble, as we were only going to be walking one day and was right. My jacket is the Marmot Essence Waterproof Jacket. Can never complain with this. I use it for everything nearly these days. It keeps me dry when shopping, walking, hiking and running. Sweats vanishes from it very easily too and it’s so breathable. I would recommend anyone to have one of these jackets!
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We then went to the local farm shop and bought some fresh fruit and vegetables for dinner and breakfast the next morning.

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How do you get to this table? ha

After we had been to the shop we decided take a walk over to Wyre Forest which was right on the edge of Hopley’s Camping ground. I have been here before with a friend night running when testing out my new Petzl headtorch around September 2014 I think. It was so nice to see it in the daylight though.
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Once we got back to the camp site we grilled our veges and then settled down for the night at about 9:30pm.
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We woke up at 5pm and packed up our items. Today we would be walking most of the 35 mile North Worcestershire Way Trail.
We headed back down to Bewdley Village and stopped off at a TESCO mini to get some nakd bars and crisps. Then we headed for the start of the Trail on the River Severn.
Navigation was pretty straight forward. The way marks where frequent ans easy to spot. There were a few turning points which where not way marked though. We had no trouble here as I was following the course I had uploaded as a GPX file to my Garmin Fenix 2. The way marks where really just a nice reassurance that we were going the right way haha.
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For the first few miles the trail passed alongside the River Severn curving around it. It was nice to see the river, the birds, ducks, swans etc and also the other bridges that had collapsed or crossed over the Severn.
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We were even privileged enough for a beautiful horse to come to us and allow us to stroke her and talk to her for a while.
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We then crossed over a bridge with love locks attached to it and then headed back on ourselves on the other side of the river, along a beautifully overgrown green alleyway.
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e continued through a forested area which was absolutely beautiful. The trail had started to get a little more hilly by this point though the views helped us to ignore this fact and keep soldiering on. I have always loved Ivy growing around large tree trunks. Especially when both are in full flourish. Absolutely beautiful.
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By about 9am it had started to warm up a bit and Philip decided to take my VEGAN hat off. His hair was a right mess. After a while we finally came to our next mileage sign…. as you can see here I had tidied his hair up a bit by then lol.
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Here’s a picture of a creepy building we passed. It was in the middle of nowhere in the woods. There was a steel door on it with a little window at the top. I was going to shine my torch through it but decided I wasn’t that interested (a little scared), so didn’t bother.
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Nature really knows how to provide. This tree has been super generous in it’s growth to decide to create the perfect seat for hikers such as ourseleves 🙂 Thank you.

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From here it was miles of miles of trails inbetween farmers fields. I hadn’t walked on trails like this before they were very sandy and I felt like we were walking down to the beach.

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We came across more of those type trails along with walking through the middle of farmers crops too.
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Philip spotted a really big caterpillar. He asked me to take this pic with his foot in it so you could see the size of him clearly enough.
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We were now at about mile 25. Philips achilles had been hurting him for the last 6 miles and the bottom of my feet were hurting by now. I always have sore feet though so didn’t care much. Here’s a snap of us when we were starting to have enough.
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I didn’t take any more pictures after this point. We just kept walking and I counted my steps to zone out a bit and forget that my feet where hurting. Once we passed through Clent Hills we walked to a pub called Swallows Nest. This was mile 28 now and we had decided that we would order a taxi from here to take us home. Had we had an extra day we would have camped half way somewhere and completed the distance though we had obligations the following morning back home as well.

When you look on Google Maps at this area and most of West Midlands, with the satellite option it looks like there’s no open green for the serious adventurer but it seems there is. All those ancient trails all over the place taking in such beautiful scenery. We hardly ever had to pass any roads and through the bulk of the first 20 miles + we only saw half a dozen people! We saw many more animals than we did people.

For us runners I’d say you could get in a few good runs on this route. There’s a few hills but also plenty of flatter sections to enjoy too. I’d opt for trail sneaks as the vast majority of it is all on trails. Very little is on roads at all. If you want it a bit easier too I’d start near Birmingham first and end in Bewdley.We missed out Lickey Hills near our home due to the taxi. So you have that and then Clent Hills (the hilly bit at the start) to consider. If you did these at the start of your run then you could enjoy the journey with the rest of it not being so bad.
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The next day I was expecting my feet to be really sore and my legs to be stiff, but I have woken up feeling fine. Refreshed and ready for action again some time soon.

I was happy to find when at the start of the trail it said Worcestershire Way, with arrows going in two directions. It was here that I found out you can take the trail all the way from Malvern Hills to Wythall just outside Birmingham. With a total distance of 66 miles. This gave me great interest in returning to do the whole thing over a few days.

I was also delighted to see that the Monarchs Way crosses through. This is England’s longest inland trail and runs 615 miles. it kinda circles parts of West Midlands and then heads towards Bristol, then to the south coast not far from  Dorchester, it then goes back inland and across past Salisbury and Winchester and then ends in Brighton.

Lots to think about for the future and I’m hoping I manage to get in another adventure or two before winter creeps up on us.

Cheers for reading
-ScottyRunner

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Vegan Runner Visiting London – Excellent Time!

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I used to live in Soho – London back in my later teens. I was a real party goer then. I never exercised and never gave a second thought to Veganism, and I never thought about organic or ethical purchasing.

This was my first time travelling back to London as a Vegan and I must say that I was extremely surprised!

I was down in London visiting with an old friend who I had began to miss dearly and hadn’t seen him in a few years. I was so happy to find he was extremely excited to experience a bit of London Vegan style.

When I arrived into London Euston I was really hungry and we went into Planet Organic on Essex Road. My first reaction was how bustling it was there were loads of people in there all with baskets buying their delicious healthy and ethical goods. It was so awesome to see! I bought some items to make a nice big chunky salad when we got back to his and some milk. He was extremely keen to try almond and soya milk and so he decided he’d buy, almond milk, almond vanilla, soya milk, cashew milk and brown rice milk.

When we got to his place he made us a coffee each with the milk, and he was extremely impressed with it’s ability to make a nice roasted coffee really deep and nutty in taste… needless to say I know he will be buying a lot more of this stuff in future.

After relaxing a while we went to Angel Vue cinema to watch The Divergent Series – Insurgent. After this we went on to The Gate Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant. Our booking was for 9pm and we arrived five minutes early and shown right to our seats. The Gate was vibrant and lively with lots of smiling going on and friendly faces. My friend said how loud it was with lots of happy people enjoying themselves. This added to the great atmosphere.

We started with drinks, and a basket of bread with oil and vinegar and a bowl of olives. As usual you can’t go wrong with the bread in oil and vinegar. Mmmmmm yummy yum yum! The olives were nice too. The green ones were a little hard for my normal liking but the brown olives were very succulent. I asked my friend many many questions, getting him to update me on all I have missed in his life and how everything was going for him while occasionally nibbling away at our bread and trying to poke the slippery olives with the toothpicks. (you know how it goes!).

For starters I had Grilled Chipotle King ‘Prawn’ Served on a red quinoa salad, avocado, tomatillo and green chilli salsa finished with lime and kale crisps. This was really tasty and I’d highly recommend it to others. The ‘prawn’s flavorful, tender, juicy and chewy! My friend got Potato chat – New potatoes with crispy spinach, mint and tamarind chutney. His face lit up when he tried this. In fact he liked it that much that when I offered him to try some of mine he said “no thanks I don’t want to spoil how much I’m enjoying this one in case yours ins’t as nice!”.

Once again we nattered a while before our mains arrived. We both decided on the same thing for mains and ordered the Thai red curry. Aubergine, fried tofu, baby corn, mange tout and mushrooms in thai spiced creamy coconut sauce served with aromatic wild jasmine rice and pineapple and chili salsa. My friend liked the tofu but wasn’t massive on it but said, and I agree, what made that dish so delicious was the shitake mushrooms in the sauce. I agreed with him 100% those mushrooms were DELICIOSO! If yu are unsure about this choice my friend stays in Thailand a lot through the year and gets a lot of Thai curries so it must have been pretty good. 

The staff the entire time were very courteous. They weren’t pushy and allowed you time to relax, talk and order when you wanted. I hate it when you feel your being pushed out the door. Eating out is one of my favorite past times and I love deep convo over dinner and a few drinks there after. You can’t do that in clubs! and seemed to know exactly what they were doing. This restaurant has been going for 25 years now and we were interested in the building itself. An interesting piece of architecture with mosaic tiling on one wall and a circular sun roof on an indoor terrace. Just behind the bar is a very wide wall that comes out slightly and it looks like once there would have been a grand fire place there. The waiter told us that the building is very old and has had many renovations and extensions over time. He believed it used to be a school for some time and then for many years it’s always been used for selling food, ie restaurants.

We paid the bill and then off we went full, content, smiling and time to unwind at his place. Once we got there I made us some non alcoholic champagne with coconut water, sparkling water and fresh squeezed lime. Then we chatted for a few hours before separating for the evening into our rooms.

On Sunday I woke up at 7:30am refreshed and ready to go for a run. I had already planned a 7.5 mile where I would go from his place near Old St Station north up to Regen’ts Canal and then Eastward right up to Victoria park. I ran the whole perimeter of the park. It’s much bigger than you might think. You could easily get a decent normal training session just doing one circle of the park and nothing else. I was in my Salomon Speedcross 3s. Some people say they have problems with these on roads and they are for trails only but I haven’t had any issues on roads with them. Though at the park I ran on the dirt track trail circling the whole park 😉 The sun was shining and I remember smiling because it was just so beautiful to be in such a busy part of the world and see so many people getting out early on a Sunday morning, on their own or with friends, running on the canal and the park. It really lifted my spirit. We do all kind of really want the same thing in life… happiness.

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After getting back to my friends and changing we took a trip up Columbia Road east London where the flower markets are. DO NOT go down here unless you are willing to move VEEEEEERY slowly, enjoy the plants and flowers and absorb the smells. It was absolutely jam packed with people and very slow to get through. My friend asked if I was ok if it was annoying me. I just told him how beautiful everything was. So colorful and aromatic! Then we came to the end of the street.

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Next we headed to the famous Brick Lane which is sprawling with many markets of hand crafted goods and home made foods. We were specifically looking for a place called Tickled Tastebuds, 91 Brick Lane which was supposed to be in the Upmarket. We found this Vegan bakery on Happycow.net and looked forward to buying some savoury pies. After walking around in circles for an hour and half 7 times we gave up looking for it. The website said to check their Twitter for live info as to where they are. We checked and there was no info and they didn’t say they weren’t there. I do believe they didn’t go that day which isn’t good because they never told anyone. I have sent an email to ask them though as I have been known to  have things right under my nose before and not see them.

We decided to move on back to another Brick Lane market where we had seen several vegan stalls earlier. We decided to have some Ethiopian street food and we were not let down! It was absolutely delicious. Now unfortunately I have no idea what it was. The guy in front of us ordered something as we arrived and it looked so amazing we just asked if it was Vegan not veggie and they said “yes it’s Vegan”…. “OK We’ll both have whatever he’s just had”. We then bought a smoothie from another stall to drink with it.

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When queuing for the drinks I spotted a girl at a stand waving her hand in the corner of my eyes. When I turned she was looking right in my eyes and smiling and she said “I LOVE your hat”. I was wearing my VEGAN hat 😛 she then pointed to the cookies and sweet treats on her stall “All these are Vegan”. I called across using hand gestures to communicate properly “Thank you 🙂 I’ll be over after this food to come and get a few to try!”. After eating our amazing street food we went back to get some cookies. I got 2 normal cookies, a brownie and a chocolate mint cookie and they were so yummy! I ate 1 on the train home a few hours later and the rest when I got home. The girl was so nice. I asked politely if I may take a picture because I’d like to pop it on my blog and she said it was fine.

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So the end of my trip was approaching. We meandered around some of the streets for a while and stopped off at a Pret A Manger by St Pauls Cathedral for an orange infused latte with soya. This has now become one of my friends top choices for the future. Another point for our dear cows 🙂

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Then I got back to Euston and headed home. I put my chillout music on my iphone and relaxed back in my seat. I smiled and I thought what an amazing time I’d had. I really didn’t realise how much there was in London for Vegans. I was highly impressed and I thought about how anyone in England who is Vegan and likes City life seriously ought to be living in London.

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I’m looking forward to my next trip where I will be digging out other places for us to go. Until then I’ll cherish all these wonderful memories.

All my love
-ScottyRunner


At the End of my Life Looking Back.

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I am very old now. I am beginning to approach my hundredth birthday. I feel myself becoming more and more peaceful with every single breath that I take. I feel no pain, no worry or fear. I know that I am close to passing over. I know my time in this physical body is coming to a close and that a new chapter is to begin for me. I’m sat here on my swinging chair outside my glorious home within the tropics. In front of me I see a smorgasbord of trees carrying juicy fresh organic oranges, lemons, limes, nectarines, bananas and figs and more beyond that. I see a sprawling ground full of exotic vegetables just waiting to be picked and eaten over the coming days. Beyond these I see the sun coming down over the horizon as it makes it’s way to meet the end of the oceans. The sky turns orange just as it has done 36, 250 times and more since I came into this wonderful world. I’m thinking about the amazing life in which I have had.

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From small beginning of limitations set by others and set by myself I have come far. The memories of the abuse from family I suffered as a child. I remember always being told I would never be anyone and I would never go anywhere. My life was a waste of time I should never have been born, that I was an accident. I remember the fists in my face, being strangled my by collar while thrown out of rooms and being beaten in the chest by his foot while curled in a ball on the ground. I remember the memories of those who bullied me through school. I was a victim and played easy target to them. I remember the self-harm I can still see the cuts on my arms. I can sometimes still taste the metallic taste of medications in which I overdosed on.  I’m also remembering my shaky start to adulthood. Oh how I have been ‘rich’ and been poor but always remained poor. Remember that being rich goes beyond what is in your wallet. I’m remembering the times of drug use as a means to escape. The times of smoking and drinking, feeding my body with poisons, perhaps because I didn’t feel that this body of mine deserved to be treated well. The times I allowed my thoughts to overtake my happiness.  Yes the first quarter of my life was a difficult one. Though I’m not the only one. I remember all this but the pain is such a distant emotion. It’s just as though the printer has almost ran out of ink. Actually I think it might have. All I sense from my past is gratitude. For without all the trying times in my life I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t have grown how I have grown and I wouldn’t be able to help others the way I have. I’m thankful for all the experiences I have had in life both good and bad.

Since then on my life changed. Disbelief was taken away, limitations erased. I learned better coping mechanisms. I found the positive in the negative. I noticed steps back and decided not to dwell on them but move forward, I’d began to find my way and my achievements have been plentiful. One of the most important being my ability to live in balance with joy and happiness, regardless of any mental health issues I had when I was younger. I have learnt to be inspired, motivated and positive throughout my life. Even greater I have been able to pass this onto others as my full time mission.

I have mastered the Spanish language and am living in a Spanish speaking country. Here I have been working in harmony with nature and my surround with the food I eat and energy I use.

I have had a successful and inspiring running career. I have ran across vast distances.  I have covered hundreds and thousands of miles across national trails throughout different lands. Always on a journey, inspiring myself, motivating myself moving my body, and most importantly, my mind forward with every single step that I took. I have continued to blog about this in some way or another through my life though the methods have changed somewhat since the ‘blogging’ days. I’m not quite sure what they call it now. This has just as importantly brought inspiration to others which has been my life’s work.

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I have achieved almost everything I had hoped for. I think that achieving everything that we ever wanted in life is a fallacy. To have achieved everything is to stop being inspired, stop being motivated to stop learning more, to stop loving and creating and living. Love, joy, happiness, peace, fulfillment knows no boundaries and I will continue to build on all those things I already have a great deal of and feel a great deal of now. Right through these last days of my life. The world is a vast place with infinite things that we can do out there and learn out there, and within ourselves. I know for sure I won’t have completed all my goals when I pass. For one I have just started to rebuild on my knowledge of quantum physics and I do not expect to learn all that I’d hoped to within my last few days. I do it though because it fascinates me. So yes I know I will have goals that I have not achieved and I am happy with that so long as I am happy with WHO I currently am, and I am.


The first quarter of my life was difficult but my my my how I have made up for it with the rest of my life. All the earlier difficulties were there to help build my strength to have the amazing life which I have had. 

Philip is my life and soul and he has been with me right up until this day.  We have had trying times the two of us. We have not always enjoyed the same things. Sometimes we wondered if we were suited to each other we spoke about how we both imagined doing the things we loved most as individuals, together, laughing and smiling. Though there are many things that fascinate my husband which do not fascinate me. We spoke to each other about the things we do love and our dreams and we created dreams together and achieved those with support for one another and love. People believe love is lost when the spark has gone. Love isn’t a spark between two people that’s an infatuation which turns into something much deeper, something that was never achieved with anyone else I ever met. He has been my lover and he has been my best friend, and a little piece of his spirit will be with mine when I leave this world, just as it is now. We are both very old now and very happy. Living our final days together in peace.

I have found the diversity in the people I have met very interesting and rewarding. So many people don’t give themselves enough credit but luckily they can find it within themselves. It’s always been there, they just need to find it, accept that they deserve to feel that way and have those things and make the choice. People who have come to me for life coaching who thought their lives where in ruins have come out with some of the most inspiring and profound things I ever thought was possible. They were just simply beyond my wildest dreams. I have seen 100s of people and every single one of them enriched my life with my guidance to enrich theirs. We are capable of so much more than we know. The great riches in life are not just for a select few but can be achieved for anybody. This has enriched both my life and theirs and allowed me to better my service by sharing their wisdom along with mine to the next person. This has been pretty powerful stuff.

Another thing that’s interesting is how life just continues to go on and on. The hills and mountains continue to sit there almost never moving through their existence. The wind continues to blow through everything that is passes. The trees continue to grow as tall as buildings. The birds continue to chirp their beautiful songs. As I come towards the end of my life I see all new life around me coming into existence every day. I sit and I think of all the trivia that I allowed into my life once upon a time. All those silly things that I allowed to get on top of how I felt and thought about myself, other people and the rest of the world. I may be old and I may be wise, but overall I am only a tiny fragment of something much greater, the great cycle of life, and all that which is beyond the beyond of the universe and our minds. What an amazing world.

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I had lost who I was when I was younger I think most people get lost at some point in their life. I think they do as they believe they should. They do what they are told to do and never question for many years why they are doing it. They never question whether it’s what they want to do. Even more scary many people know they are not happy every day and decide to not take action. Does it make them happy? Do they love what they do? Do they love who they are with? Then they find themselves lost. They look in the mirror and don’t see the true reflection of who they should be and want to be. They don’t see the reflection of who they are inside. They are the reflection of the person the system tells them to be. They are living by that system as ‘individuals’ and are also limiting themselves greatly by self-limitations and limitations imposed on them over the years by family and friends. I think the best thing anyone could ever do in life is to become lost for a length of time in which to go back to basics and discover who you really are inside. What makes YOU happy? What do YOU want? Sometimes when our lives have taken control of us, we are sad, depressed, lonely and lost and we don’t know what we want or what makes us happy. Sometimes we feel nothing makes us happy. Think as you did as a child what made you happy then? What did you dream? Through being lost and experiencing all those emotions that go with it we have a chance to find ourselves. It may take time but stay lost and you will find a way.  Much like I did all those years ago.

Now I am much older and looking back on my life and I love the person I have become. I love the person I became a long time ago. I am proud of the work I have done and the world I have created around me. I am proud of the people I have helped.  Through sheer stubbornness to not accept that “that is life get over it” I have managed to find who I am and what I want to do in life.  I discovered how to make a living in doing what I love best. I have maintained good health through eating good nutritious healthy foods that I have mainly grown myself right here at home. I have eaten well and still been treated. Fruit are the best treats in life. I have taken up exercise most of my life and even now toward the end of my life I enjoy the occasional walk through the forest or to meditate on the beach. I have shown love and compassion to all those who have come into my life. Well the most of it anyway. Those that I have had disagreements or fights with in my younger life I have apologized to upon further contact and settled our differences. Some of those have become close friends to this day. Others we have agreed to disagree and wished each other all the luck and happiness in the world for the future, both separating with smiles, love and peace for one another. 

I wouldn’t change a thing. I have set out to achieve all the things that I held most dear to my heart to help me to be successful and wealthy and have a rich life. I have done all I can to help other people to do the same. I have done all I can to help other animals and life around me. I have spared their lives by making the choice to not eat animals nor use any products in which they need, or to use them for my own entertainment for men to profit from. I have helped any animal I could help at that current time. I have become guardian for several animals over my life, in need of a home. I am very content with the way my life has gone.

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The most important wisdom and advice I would like pass on to others at this stage in my life, would be to get lost and find yourself! It doesn’t matter how long it takes to find yourself but do so. When you do then live and breathe it with every inch of your being. You may need to make changes, you may need to let go of some of the things or even people in your life… and that’s ok. Everything will be ok.

When the heavens have come to me and it is my time.I shall close my eyes, I shall smile, I shall allow the light to enter my body and lift my soul, my spirit and the true essence of me from my body. I shall look forward to the amazing journey ahead of me to come.

Behind me I will leave my love for every single one of you.
-ScottyRunner

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My Dream Life

Here’s a post of things that I think about when I think about my dream life. A life I am working toward building right now every day.

Home is where the Heart is…
La Gomera – The Canary Isles
I have traveled to the canary islands on a few occasions spending several seasons there. My favorite being Gran Canaria in the middle of the island where all the little villages spread along the mountains. We plan on visiting La Gomera in 2016 for a week or so to get a feel for what it has to really offer. One thing we both certainly know is that we will not live the rest of our lives in England. Could this be home?

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Grow Your Own –
We both love the idea of growing all or most of our own food right on the land we live on. Because we want to live in an exotic hotter climate we believe as vegans we could live nicely on our own grown exotic fruits and vegetables. Also grow our own plants that have natural healing powers. I have already been studying the medicinal properties of plants and continue to do so in preparation for some amazing life changing coming my way 😉
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Renewable Energy
The Canary Islands are hot, sunny and often windy. In fact if you look at a map of the Canary Islands just off the coast west from Northern Africa, you will see it’s much more sandy along the east of the isles. This is where the La Calima comes in, which is a sand storm swept in from the Sahara Desert of Africa. Every few years this also brings the locusts too :O Anyway due to these 2 factors it’s a perfect location for both solar energy and wind energy and dependent upon need we would be willing to have both and get rid of normal electricity from fossil fuels.

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What about work?
My dream has always been to work in a field in which I may be able to bring other people joy and happiness or help them to find it within themselves. This is something I’m working on at the moment. But my idea would be how wonderful it would be to be able to create a getaway retreat where people can come and relax away from their busy lives and center their energy and restore balance. Then hopefully they can leave with new insights and new happiness that can spread through to their friends and family and all they come into contact with.

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and for fun?

Well as you all know my main love in life is running. La Gomera is not a huge island but it certainly has some amazing mountainous trails to be treaded through. I will be checking those out next year.la_gomera_forest_trail-542x600

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Also I would like to spend more time doing meditation and yoga. I live in the city and even though I’m behind closed doors the energy is always busy within the city. Sometimes it’s hard to find true peace that I have found in a quiet serene environment.

If we have the space I would also like to liaise with any local animal sanctuary type places. This would be so that if any animal should need a place to live or their lives would be at stake then I hope they could contact us. It would be nice to be able to give them a retreat too so they can get better and hopefully be let back into the wild.

I would also be keen on continuing to blog about the things I learn in life. Sharing these with my friends even if they are mainly online friends I trust they will be friends for life now.

I would like to learn the lands of the island. Learn what can be foraged from the wild to be eaten or used as medicine and take as needed but leave what is not needed.

I would like to continue using and building on the Spanish language I have been learning on and off for the last 7 years. Spanish is such a beautiful language that melts my heart every time I hear it spoken 🙂

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Running –

I will become a regular ultra runner. I am not sure how much I will get to travel from my new home but I will from time to time. Beyond that I will run often around my home. In the meantime I wish to run Pennine Way, Thames Path, South West Coast Path, Grand Union Canal and would like to run the entire perimeter of the England, Scotland and Wales mainland covering over 5 000 miles.

I am creating my future now so it can become a reality. This blog was mostly for me to be creating but if you happen to be reading this then you saw the whole thing. So thanks for reading.

All my love
-ScottyRunner


¡VeGaN ATTACK!

Me and my husband have been sporting our new Vegan Runners technical T-shirts recently with pride to support our cause. It’s funny actually because most times Philip feels he looks stupid for his incredibly short shorts he’s wearing. I keep reminding him that most people aren’t staring at him because of his sexy shorts but because we are running around displaying Vegan Runners!

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I somehow manage to ignore that anyone is even taking a second glance at me. I know they are in general because of the T-shirt and well because I’m running about but I don’t notice the attention that much. I’m out there doing my own thing and just so happen to be sharing our cause to the rest of the world while I’m at it. When Philip brought this up I started to notice that almost everyone was staring at us. People walking past us stared, I noticed some shadows of people we passed actually turned around to look at the back of us too… Just as well our T-shirts say “Vegan Runners” on the back as well. People at stopped lights gawped out at us with wide open mouths like they were Venus Fly Traps waiting to collect flies (Philips description). It seemed the only ones that weren’t really that bothered by us where peoples dogs and the odd cat sat on a wall or fence.

It made me giggle as I thought “Awesome if people are staring then it’s working in it’s own little ways”.

We cut off the street and headed onto the canal towpaths making an overall 180 to head back towards our place but on a different path. Now I’m sure we have all met this type.

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The type that has no space to speak. You know the type.The type who is smoking, struggling to move an inch let alone a mile. The type who is all to quick to tell YOU what YOU are doing wrong in YOUR life! The type who is all too quick to tell you what is right and what is wrong.
So we run by this kind of guy on the canal who shouts out to us “EAT MEAT…. ALWAYS EAT MEAT!”. I called back “Don’t eat meat, don’t support cruelty!”.

As we got a bit further up the canal Philip mentioned that it was such a strange thing to do. To say something like that out loud to us. I reminded him that when people feel like their choices are being threatened they don’t like it and will often speak out and attack! As a means of protecting their own choices and ego. In telling himself and use “Eat meat, always eat meat” he’s trying to tell himself that it’s OK to eat meat. If it didn’t affect him he wouldn’t have said a word.

No offense to the guy I just hope he one day realizes that what he’s supporting is cruel.

Have any of you ever had anyone say something to you while out there running promoting Veganism? I’d like to hear about it. Keep up the good work everyone.

-ScottyRunner

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The Running Bug

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“I never knew I’d enjoy running so much. I can run 15 minutes non stop now! I’m awesome… how far is a marathon?”
“26.2 miles”
“OK I’m going to run 100!” – ScottyRunner

This is how my mind works. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing because as soon as I was able to run 30 miles I decided I wanted to run 184 miles. So I registered onto the T184 Endurance Race. A 184 mile self supported challenge across the entire length of the Thames National Trail. This starts in London at the Thames barrier and ends at Thames Head in the Cotswold National Park. Every time I am able to run a little further my goal becomes less important and I set myself an even bigger task than before.

So running 15 minutes back in 2013 was a huge deal for me. I was that typical guy who got out of breath walking up stairs or chasing down that bus! Oh and the bus journey would only be for a half mile! I never exercised. I began smoking when I was 13 years old. From 16 I started drinking a lot going to nightclubs and bars several times a week. When I was 18 I started to use a range of drugs including amphetamines, cocaine, LSD, ketamine, ecstasy and MDMA. On most weekends in London I would take these all on the same weekend and in large quantities! Along with 40-50 smokes and what seemed like several barrels of alcohol.

So that was hitting rock bottom. Trying to scrape through the emotional scars of an abusive childhood! Trying to find myself and who I wanted to become. It was a long journey and the journey ahead is even longer but as my path begins to unfold I see who I am becoming and it’s much greater the human I once was. I am here to share my experiences with you.

In my head I am a pro! But I am really not. I live and breath ‘pro-ness’ as it’s what helps me keep going. Just a word of caution not to try some of the things I do without careful consideration. I believe I may be bipolar so I will do some extreme things which seem completely reasonable to me….. it’s one way to learn I guess. I believe my abusive childhood along with my mental health issues are what are pushing me to become much more than I told I’d be as a child.  I have tried everything and given up on everything I ever did, mainly because I didn’t love it. My mental health tricked me into believing I loved something and then when my poles switched I gave up and loss interest. Even after convincing everyone around me that THIS WAS IT. This is what I loved!. Often times I am not sure if I love something or just manic. I do know that I never do things that I do not enjoy. I never listen to the norms of “this and that is life get over it”. No I’m sorry life is to be enjoyed and to enjoy every moment you can. When I’m manic, I want to run, and when I am depressed I want to run. Running is my life and the one of those few things I have truly stuck to.

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