It is a while since I last wrote a post (so apologies in advance - this may be a long one😉!). After returning from holiday with family in Exmoor in September, I came down with a nasty virus which dragged on for three weeks! ☹️ So for nearly a month I only managed a few short jogs and some stretch&flex routines while walking the dog. At last I was getting back to normal and looking forward to a few days off around my birthday (15th). After some discussion we decided on an impromptu visit to see my mum and sister in Somerset. We travelled through the night from Scotland and surprised Mum by turning up on the doorstep - she was shocked and delighted!!
I LOVE running in Exmoor - so many interesting routes to explore. My birthday run today was very special because I achieved something I never imagined myself doing, or even consider doing - I ran my furthest distance ever......10 miles (16.28 k)!!! It was a delightful run through hamlets, along stony tracks, hedge lined bridle ways, country lanes, steep wooded tracks and grassy footpaths. Just wonderful - glorious weather, beautiful autumnal colours and lovely views. The photo was taken from the highest point on the route overlooking the bay. As I ran I decided I wanted to run further than 13k, perhaps 15k on the 15th? The kilometres were clocking up and I suddenly realised that I could achieve my goal of running 10 miles! I extended my route to include running a loop around the village but then a tecnical hitch.....somehow Runkeeper was paused 😬 I pressed resume and then retraced my steps and took another route through the village until I saw that my distance was over the magic number!! I am not sure how accurate the time is....certainly quicker than the projected time of two hours 8 mins (taking my 5k average as 36 mins). I am amazed, delighted, proud and happy to achieve my goal 😀 Apparently I used up over 900kc but a birthday lunch, cake and chocolate later in the day put rather a lot of calories back in!
What a wonderful day 😊
I hope other folk had lovely Sunday runs too 😀