Had really got out of routine over the summer holidays and wasn't able to keep up with my usual schedule, but had some really nice "bonus" runs in various places when I managed to get out for a run while on holiday. They weren't great feats of athletic achievement (whereas my normal runs are, of course!!) but it was great to be able to go out somewhere new and discover the place as a runner which was a totally new experience for me.
They included: Paris! felt really fab to run through the streets in the early morning. Found a great route along the St Martin Canal that seemed to be used by lots of joggers. The path was a bit cobbley so the other runners were running right on the edge which was smoother. (my favorite running track "edge of something" took on a whole new meaning here!) Beacause it was hot I struggled with distance, but saw a bridge ahead of me and planned to turn around there. Just so happened that there was a fire station there and about 15 burley French firemen standing around on the edge of the canal waiting to go out. Kind of wished I had turned around sooner, and kind of glad I hadn't!
Second holiday run was alongside Cardiff Castle through Bute Park. Georgeous park and lovely route alongside the river Taff.
Third run was over fields outside the camp site we were staying in near Weymouth. Felt really exciting to be running on a route that I didn't know where it went and was remote and really beautiful. Nearly lost one of my trainers completely when I stepped into a boggy patch and only my sock came out (ironically I was running to Katie Melua song "two bare feet" at the time!) but also came across a breathtaking vista of really bright purple heather, loads of rabbits and a deer that ran out in front of me.
Never thought I would be running for fun, but it's a great way to get around and see things that you wouldn't otherwise get to see. It was nice to run without counting distance or speed and just enjoying the fact that I can now run! thanks C25K!