I went out with a new planned route in mind that should have covered just over 7 miles. Mainly trails with just a bit of tarmac linking footpaths.
Long leggings needed to keep the nettles and brambles at bay but it was warmer than it first appeared. I was determined to keep the pace steady.
I brought Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of...) along with me for company and the laid back beats were a perfect metronome to my footfalls. Given these trails were empty I sang along with the majority of the album which went round again over the duration of the run. It was great for keeping pace slow but I'm not sure the sheep, rabbits, cows, squirrels and certainly the deer appreciated my efforts 🤣
I stopped for a few pics very briefly, slowed to a walk for a few pieces of energy bar and sips of water.
Some of the trails were not as well maintained needing to duck and dive through the overgrowth.
One field ended up being a dud when it was housing loose, feisty looking horses. I'm not a huge fan of horses, and I've seen the damage a kick can do up close so I took a detour and ended up going round and round in one field until I found the way I needed 😁
The way home brought me back through the field of evil teeth showing sheep I met earlier this year. They've become immune to walkers now though so barely even lifted their heads to me! (Thankfully)
A little spurt along what should have been the final straight but I still had more in me so went past my turning and on to the main road and up to the church to catch a view of the Downs and across the playing fields. I knew I had a 9 in sight and figured why not keep it up to the door for max distance.
All in it was a great run. Twisted one foot a little on some lumpy ground. Running off road needs extra care for footing at all times and I must have taken my eye off the ball at one point. Focusing on careful footing got over the twinge though and there doesn't seem to be after effects.
A recovery shake after to reduce muscle fatigue tomorrow and a good dinner. Perfect day off 😁
Happy running lovelies 👍🌞