Went out for a trot this morning to explore the area a bit and enjoy the morning sun in Portugal. The tracks are rough, there are many hills, but also every field seems to have a track around it so the running and exploring possibilities are almost endless. I need to hone my orienteering skills and identify a few local landmarks, but I love doing that. I managed to find the nearest village but will leave the exploring till later, we have 2 weeks for me to steadily range out!
So only about 5k in just over 40 mins, but the terrain is "challenging" and I need to keep my wits about me. I don't like the dogs, they're all tied up or fenced in, but they sound as if they'd tear your throats out if they managed to get free. And I can't sprint that fast! I ran through vinyards, past copses of eucalyptus trees, along tracks next to dusty fields, past water reservoirs and saw cats, dogs and a couple of farmers.
I don't want to overdo it, but the couple we're on holiday with have just started running (and said they'd go with me). They copped out this morning but inspired by my enthusiasm they want to go tomorrow, so I'll just have to accompany them, won't I? For a recovery run.