A tri club pal texted last night to suggest an early morning run up Ben Vorlich, close to Loch Lomond. How could Fiona Outdoors resist this challenge? As luck would have it, the husband (Mr Outdoors) was off work and had already agreed to take care of our daughter so I took the rare opportunity to nip off for a few hours.
Leaving at 6.30am we were at the foot of Ben Vorlich by 7.30am, topped it by 9.45am and got back to the car by 10.30am. It was utterly awesome.
While Scottish winters can be crap, there are odd days that really make up for the rest. This was one of the those wonderfully clear, rain-free days, with breath-taking views across autumnal painted mountains and glittering lochs.
If freelance life can be tough at times, it’s the flexibility, and the chance to make your own hours, that truly sells this life to me. I was back home and at my desk by 11.45am.
I know I’ll be smiling for the rest of the day – and fast asleep by 9.30pm.