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Furthest and longest ever run!

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skysue16Graduate10
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I love running when I visit family in Exmoor - I am relaxed, not tired, no time constraints and wonderful trails. This visit I had already run a 10k and 9k, although with a week's recuperation in between (fall from a horse - that's another story!), but I wanted to do a longer run, just a bit more than 10k would do, just to prove to myself that I could do it. So the map was studied and route planned. A challenging route (for me) with varied terrain, undulating tracks and one very steep hill up a lane! The first trail followed a river through some beautiful woodland. The track was rough and covered with wet leaves, slippery tree roots and loose stones so focus and a steady pace was required! The track ended at an ancient pack horse bridge and as I turned onto the lane I was confronted by a very steep hill......deep breath and go for it. It was hard - I sounded like a steam train and felt like I was running on the spot but I was determined to run the whole route. At last I reached the top and turned off the lane onto the open moorland. The wide grassy track was a relief after the stony tracks and steep hill and I was enjoying myself. Eventually a steep, rough footpath led down into another wood and back towards the village. But only 10k.....so I took a detour around the edge of the village up a lane (phew not more uphill!) and finally turned to run the last part downhill into the village and across the recreation ground. I checked runkeeper - 13.04k!!! I feel amazed and so pleased with myself.

Thank you Couch to 5k and all the supportive and inspiring folk on this forum. Happy running everyone :)

(ps sorry about sideways photo - can someone explain why I cannot seem to get any photos the right way up, I have tried lots of different things!!)

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Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10

Well done on that distance skyesue16! It looks and sounds like a beautiful run - I love exploring trails and yours sounds great, if a little hilly in places! Not sure about the sideways photo but I think sometimes you can get issues if you post from certain phones? I always post photos from my iPad or pc to avoid this.

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skysue16Graduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you, yes it was a beautiful trail.

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nhs2015Graduate10

13.4k, well done, and In Lovely surrounding. Lucky you.

I got the impression the trees were growing up side down as they were trying to reach Australia maybe? 😃

My iPad is temperamental and I sometimes get my pictures up side down too. I solve the problem by turning them around before posting, save them that way, post them, then return them to their original side.

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JaySeeSkinnyGraduate10

Looks lovely and well done on your distance! I haven't got a solution to the upside down problem, but I've downloaded an app that lets me make a collage of pictures (normally I want to post more than one). Those pictures are always the right way up.

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OldPossum

That run looks and sounds beautiful and an amazing distance with hills too! No idea about the photo - mine always end up on their dude and I don't know why.

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IrishprincessAmbassador

That's brilliant! Well done to you. Sounds and looks like a beautiful run.

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