I had read here that soft ground is better for old joints than tarmac, so down the lane I went, over the stile and into a field of long, wet grass and sleepy sheep. Within a few yards my feet were making squelching sounds and I had to lift them up high to run through the grass. I turned back to the lane . I don't mind wet feet if they are warm, wet feet, and I soon stopped noticing them. Off I went on the metalled lane again . My run felt really slow but I was speeding up on the way back , the gradient was a bit downhill by then too. So I completed 8km for the first time. (not far from 5 miles ), this morning. I will not divulge the pace - that is my secret and best forgotten. Blame it on a sheep field .
Avoid long grass before the dew has dried.
Don't worry about pace on the long run.
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Running shoes will dry on the clothesline