Could I have been any slower? I set out to do another at least 10k, but my dodgy knee started really hurting towards the end of the run (almost certainly because I forgot to strap it before running the other day), so I stopped at 8k. I'm surprised the elevation gain was only 80 metres because this was a very hilly run and I was exhausted by the end of it.
Ever since I started running, I dreamed of running to the Village of Over Norton, which is not too far outside Chipping Norton. It seemed an impossible goal in those early days of c25k. Well, today was the day I did it.
Such a beautiful morning. The low sun lit the honey stone of the dry stone walls to mellow gold, and struck diamonds from the grass. I ran through a cobweb that was like rainbow threads. I didn't see it till I ran into it, then the angle of the sun suddenly picked it out.
I went out through the town and along the Banbury road till it joined the Stratford road, then towards Shipston on Stour. The path along there was once properly surfaced, but is now a muddy track with dangerously uneven chunks of tarmac here and there. Trail shoes next time I think. It was slow going and my feet got soaked. Luckily it wasn't for too far before I turned off onto a single track road to Great Rollright, then left to Over Norton. I did take a photo in the village but haven't included it here because it was spoiled by parked cars.
After that it wasn't far back into Chipping Norton itself. Only really a 5ish k round trip. I ran down to the industrial estate and backwards and forwards a bit to make up more distance. The knee thing was a nuisance, as i would really like to have done 10k again, but on reflection I was really tired, running on insufficient sleep again, so probably just as well. I also get the shivers after a longer run: suppose going from running heat to sitting still. My VO2 Max has taken another nose dive too!