I had no plan for this one other than to be sure to make the time to run during my lunch break. More importantly, now it has dried out a little, to run in the woods, giving my trail shoes only their second outing. 🌳🌳
Leaving the house, I decide to go “naked” today – no music, no NRC.
Finishing my warm-up walk, I set off along the muddy, leaf strewn trail. 🍁🍂
Almost straight away I know this isn’t going to be a run to go for a new PB. It’s not even going to be anywhere close to a sub-40 minute run. Maybe the Speed Challenge on Monday took more effort than I thought. So this is going to be a slow, relaxed, easy run. I’m just not sure how far yet.
Taking on board the advice that Hidden
gave Jools2020 I just let my pace ebb and flow naturally, soaking up the sights and smells of late Autumn.
There aren’t many people around today. There’s one other runner and we pass in opposite directions 3 times during the course of the run 🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️. Mostly it’s just me, the sound of my own breathing, and feet hitting the woodland floor. There’s not much birdsong today – just the odd robin, blue tit and blackbird. I didn’t see the male sparrowhawk that I’ve seen regularly on recent walks.
Nearing the end of my free time I see I’ve done 4.5km so I decide to continue on to make a round 5km. This takes me close to the path leading back to the house. Perfect!
Run done I stop my watch. I really enjoyed that! 😁 And the trail shoes were perfect in the mud and slippery leaves.
Back home, stretches done, a quick freshen up and back to work, eating lunch at my desk.
Checking the stats just now, I see this was my slowest 5k in a long time, but definitely a most enjoyable one.
And the splits? Well they look like this: 9:49, 9:39, 9:04, 8:58, 8:54.
OH YES!!!!!! 😁👍💪
The photo was taken a few days ago along todays route