Sorry Hidden, i was a bit late this morning. Does it still count? Anyway, here I am in my favourite capris from Sturdy by Design, post run and red in the face. You would think you could go out at 6.45am/ish without a hat or water wouldn't you? Wrong! Already hot. Consequently this was harder than it should have been.
Anyway, I went through the housing estate and along the footpath that goes across crop fields. I'm so sad that we have these dwarf wheat and barley varieties now. Corn used to tower above your head, but now it's barely knee height. Not very romantic. I don't know where they filmed the opening sequence of Gladiator, where his dead wife is trailing her hands through the corn in the Elysian fields of the afterlife, but it certainly wasn't here.
The footpath comes out on the single track road that I call the top of the world, then leads down to the road between Chipping Norton and Churchill. It's interesting to watch the changing seasons here in the countryside. The cow parsley and dog roses have gone. The verges are filled with purple thistles, the pale mauve flare of scabious, and masses of pink and white bramble blossom that promise a bumper crop of blackberries this autumn. And of course the hills are blonde with ripe wheat.
That was only a 5k run. I really want to do another long run but can't seem to coincide enough sleep with cooler hours. I especially want to increase my distance and do more regular 10k runs as I've entered the !0k race to raise money for British Heart Foundation, at Blenheim Palace on 30th September. I'm hugely excited about this. Now I know many of you are knocking out regular 10k races, half marathons etc, but this will be my first actual race and public run.
To get back to today, I had a five minute sit down and some water then had to go out with the dogs before it got too hot for them. It's quite fun going straight out after a run, as runners' high makes you power along and feel as if you could walk for the rest of the day.
Oh, and one more point: yet again my pace is brought slower by fumbling and fiddling to stop my watch at the end of the run. I've tried everything and it still keeps locking and unlocking the screen before I get the red stop square! so annoying!!!