So, second postgrad run and I decided to go off piste again. Bit too adventurous as it turned out. I planned a route on mapmyrun, although obviously just because something looks like a path on the satellite map, doesn't mean you should run down it!
We're lucky to have quite a few walking paths near us, so after a 5ish min walk I arrive at the end of what probably used to be a road once upon a time, but is now a dirt track down the side of a golf course leading off to some local green stuff. That was fine, although you had to watch your step in places. First 2k done, usual pace. Then I came to the end of that, did a left and thought I was running straight off in front (turns out I could have done with doing a bit of a right lean) it was a bit woody and covered over and dark, but that was ok. But then started going off downhill, getting narrower and narrower until I had to stop jogging because I was basically running down a narrow rocky path. Looked like the route that the rain had been taking of late. So walked that, got a bit lost trying to find my way back to the original path. And then saw the massive hills. I knew it was a bit hilly, but didn't remember them as steep as that. So I walked those too, and didn't start running again until about the 4k mark when I knew a) where I was going and b) that there were no more hills.
Annoyingly, because I said I was running a premapped route, mapmyrun doesn't seem to have saved the actual route I ran/walked so no idea if the stats are accurate. But it says I went 5.4k in 45 mins which considering how much I walked, isn't bad. I must have done at least another k in my warm up/downs.
All in all, I did enjoy it. But need to reccy new routes before I do them, especially if they involve countryside. I need to avoid rocky/very woody paths at all costs because worrying that you're about to break an ankle don't half put a crimp on your running joy. I should also have emailed the route to my DH in case something happened. I am aware that running woodland routes as a lone female probably sounds like a bad idea. I do keep one earphone out so I can hear behind me. But frankly I don't see why a few rare lunatics should put me off running where I want to.
I loved being outside and seeing/hearing more birds, saying hello to walkers with/without dogs who seem a bit more friendly than in the park, and also seeing a wee baby bunny
Here's to more off-piste in the future!