Hello lovely running friends!!
Apologies for the blatent overuse of the emoji in the title. I have no excuse really.
Interesting side note, if indeed you can have a side note before you've even started, I actually used the "mountain" emoji here, as they didn't have one for hills, and to be honest, todays run did feel like it was up a mountain.
Down to business then. I decided that I needed to explore a new route I had looked at leading into Lyme Park. I also decided that it was a bit chilly and a bit rainy, but I was going anyway, and I was just going to wear shorts and a tshirt. Oh, and running socks/shoes. Obviously. It turned out to be about 8°C out, which is borderline for needing long sleeves as far as I'm concerned. Since I knew there'd be a climb, I also knew it'd be a little colder and more exposed up at the top, but I had a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a fox. I was going to go for a fast first k, so I'd be nice and warm and not even worry about feeling cold.
So - although I had selected a slower running track than normal due to the impending hills, I still set off pretty quickly, and did my first k in 6:10, which I was pretty happy with. The second k , still along the canal at this point, was also pretty fast (for me), but after that the hills kicked in and of course I slowed down. Not that I mind, I wasn't aiming for speed, just to get through the planned run.
The next stage was up a fairly steep farm track (for farm track read mud bath), which eventually led to the back gate of Lyme Park. At this point the path was well maintained and I didn't need to worry about slipping. Next was a sharp downhill followed by another uphill bit, and a short downhill until it finally it levelled off as I approached the main carpark and Lyme Hall. If I remember to include them later from my phone, there might even be pics. To be honest, at this point I was just glad to have made it so far without keeling over, some of those hills were pretty challenging. But - we weren't done yet.
The route back from Lyme took me down the main drive. Rather than risk getting run over by excitable visitors, I decided to run on a path next to the drive, which went at a gentle incline for the first 0.5k or so. I didn't mind at all, compared to what had gone before, this felt like nothing. I was probably only at about 6.5k by the time I got back to the main road, though it felt much further. I then ran back down the main road, through all the traffic fumes, back towards home. This was also hilly, but I didn't even notice, after the previous few k.
I realised I was going to get to my finishing point and be at about 8.5k. It would be just rude to stop at 8.5, right, so I continued on the local streets up until 10k, because, why not!!
So what can I take away from this run? Well firstly I am chuffed to bits I managed it at all, I'm thrilled that I got to 10k on this route too, and also pretty pleased that my very hilly 10k was quicker than my first ever 10k which was completely flat. I was only quicker by a minute, but still, it's something. I'm also thrilled that I'm better at getting out in questionable weather.
What on earth has happened to me???!
That's all for now, happy running everyone
p.s. Just looked at strava. 130m elevation gain! No wonder it was hard