The first fall of snow is not only an event, it’s a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different. If this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found?
– J.B. Priestley
When my friend and I met up this morning for a long hill run in the beautiful Ochil mountain range in the Scottish Lowlands, little did we know that the world that awaited us on the high plateau would be so very different from the one we were about to leave behind.
As we climbed higher up into the mountain range, we were amazed to catch the first glimpse of a snow-dusted peak ahead of us – the temperatures have been mild lately and we were genuinely surprised and excited in equal measures by the prospects of running in the white stuff.
But it wasn’t just a little snow that lay in wait – the higher we climbed, the more apparent it became that the snow was plentiful, new and untouched. High up in the mountains we found an unscathed winter-wonderland, inviting us to leave our footprints.
Above the fast moving and moody clouds the sun was shining brightly, giving rise to an ever-changing spectacle of light as we made our way from summit to summit across the white wilderness. I have lost count of the number of times that I turned and was greeted by views that literally took my breath away.
We spent the better part of four hours running, skipping, slipping, bouncing and ploughing through the snow-covered mountains. I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday!
What amazing scenery to run in! And Happy Birthday!!
Thank you Angie! 🙂 It was such a lovely way to spend the day!
Happy Happy Birthday! Those pictures are absolutely STUNNING! I want to go to Scotland now after seeing those.
Thanks a bunch for the lovely birthday wishes! You should come to Scotland, it’s a paradise for trail and mountain runners. Let me know if and when you are here, and I’ll gladly take you for peak-bagging run in one of our beautiful mountain ranges! 😉
Thanks! I might take you up on that if I take a trip out there. 🙂
Wow! What gorgeous pictures! And happy birthday. Thank you for sharing the views on your run.
Thank you for the birthday wishes! I’m glad that the pictures came out so well, but sadly they still never quite capture the feeling up being up there – alive, stunned, happy!
Happy Birthday, and what a picture perfect scene to run in! Amazing!
Thank you! I loved that the snow was so fresh and untouched. It was like the world had given me my own playground for the day. 😉
Very jealous, that looks beautiful! Happy birthday 🙂
Thank you for the birthday wishes. It was a super run, so pretty up there!
Happy birthday and looks like an epic run you had!
Thank you! I absolutely adore spending hours and hours running trails or in the mountains, but the fact that it was extra wild with all the snow was a fantastic bonus treat!
Thank you! I’m glad they turned out so well because I honestly couldn’t see too much on the screen of my phone – so I just stopped ever so often and pointed the camera in a random direction. =D It was so stunning up there, I guess it would have been hard to get a bad picture!
Wow, that’s beautiful! Happy Belated Birthday!
Thanks a lot! It was a really cool day (no pun intended!). When you’re upping the miles for your marathon training, we could meet there for a long run and run the whole Ochil traverse… 😉
That sounds like some challenge! 😀
You’d love it, it’s just stunning up there!
You’re right about that! 🙂
That is just… Correct: breathtaking!
Sure is Notre Dame under spring sun a pretty sight, but could not caught it on pic as you had for your mountains…
Happy b-day btw 😉
Thank you for the birthday wishes! It really was just a magical day up there in the mountains. 😉
Seriously cool. Great pics. I’m jealous of your run.
Thank you! The Ochils are very impressive and pretty on any day, but the snow just made it magical!
It looks beautiful! What a great way to spend your birthday 🙂 by the way, I thought you were meant to be tapering?
I am tapering! I happen to find four hour snowy mountain runs very relaxing! 😉
Apparently four hour snowy mountain runs are in the nation’s top ten ways to relax. (In Imagination Land)
Hey, that’s exactly what my head says too…! 😉 Besides, there’s no way you would have stopped yourself either, the place/scenery/location was just too awesome not to go for it. 😉 If I don’t run a good race on Sunday, you have my full permission to unleash the onslaught of “I told you so” upon me.
Fullmoonrunner, your writing, enthusiasm and lifestyle energize me. I’m planning to give you a shout out in an upcoming blog. Probably within the next week or so. Just wanted you to know. Stay well and keep up the great work.
Thank you so much for your wonderful words Jim! That’s the nicest thing anyone could say about my blog – you’ve totally made my day! 😀 I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying my running adventures!
Nothinhg like running the trails in the winter!!! Looks wonderful across the pond.
Thank you! It was a great run for sure, and the snow was an added bonus! 😀