Training for the Great South Run in October but got a couple of 10ks in September plus a holiday so wanting to get the distance training early then build on it.
It was already warm when I set up just after 8. As I can't take the antibiotics for the spider bite on a full stomach or after food I had no breakfast but a cereal bar just as I left.
I was struggling as I left Alton and was sure that the 1.5km must be 1.5 miles (it was one of those runs where you can't get it together) but I kept going, into the fields behind the secondary school and then up behind Holybourne and across the fields. Managed to run up to the point in the photo, which was 3/4 of the hill, then I had to admire the view. Then jogged to the top of the field to discover a hedge blocking the path. Scrambled through the hedge to the lane but couldn't find the path the other side so headed up the hill (turns out the path is down the hill whoops) and struggled up a 1km slope, had to walk/ run bits but kept going. Checked my watch-4km. Very slow. Again, I thought about throwing it in. I could get back home in 2k along roads, but I decided to be stubborn, and with Pink and Kylie accompanying me I put my head up, shoulders back and kept going. 6 km in I got a rhythm and flat roads and for a couple of km enjoyed it and actually did 5-10km much faster than the first 5. Still slower than normal but better. Stopped to take photographs down the hill, as the sun shone off the dry fields and made the hill sparkle. Butterflies were out in abundance dancing around me as I ran, including a big one I have never seen before. Dark blue and white spots.
At 10km I had been going downhill for a bit then turned off the road down a bridleway.
Up down a semi sunken lane but stopped to marvel at the hundred or so baby frogs/toads walking and crawling across the path. They camouflaged so well you couldn't see them until mid jumped from under your feet. They were the size of a finger nail. Walked/hopped around them then off up through fields and back to Alton, where I had a hare out my speed to shame as it shot of down the path ahead of me, waited for me to catch up, but then zoomed off again. Gorgeous animals and the sun glistened off its coat. So graceful both running and sitting.
I struggled the last km and had a muscle cramp from the glutes down the back of my leg so at Holybourne turned off the tracker at 13km and walked the rest of the way home.
A hard run, but the views made up for it sometimes being stubborn and refusing to give in works. Running group Mondays then short run on Wednesday/ Thursday