Yesterday I had the opportunity to do a long off-road run, so I headed to the Cairngorms National Park to tackle a route I've planned for a while.
I really enjoyed the run and am pleased I managed to complete a Half Marathon distance - although I've no plans to do a HM race any time soon. I loved the experience of running slowly through the woods, landing softly on the pine needles on the path, stepping over tree roots, dancing around mud, running through puddles, slowing to snap the view at small lochans, listening to the chorus of the finches, siskins and tits, hearing the loud shrieking of some large bird (?), catching a glimpse of a red squirrel disappearing up a tree ahead of me, and wading through a deep river where no bridge existed.
And cake? Oh yes, thanks to nannon82 and her recommendation, I indulged in a big slice of cake (and she'll know what I mean by big) from her near neighbour, 'The Cake Shop' tea room.
I've shared my thought and photos on my Wordpress blog: swanscot.wordpress.com/2013...
BTW Nannon were you out running yesterday? I passed a young women running on the Glen Feshie road as I drove back from the Nursery sometime after noon.