Difficult run not made any easier by the rediculous hill I tried to run up!!!

I've just been away with work for 4 days doing a field survey on the river Foyle in Derry. Over the river is the Foyle bridge, which is one of the highest bridges in the UK. I decided after a hard day's work hauling fishing nets and wading through mud that I would go for an evening run. Now the hotel I was staying is at the foot of the bridge so I decided the views over the river would be a nice backdrop. It's 1.5 miles long so over the bridge and back would make a nice run. Off I set at a decent pace and enjoyed the first bit of downhill. Then the uphill started. 1 mile of fairly steep uphill (it didn't seem nearly as steep when driving it in the car) to the top then another 0.5 downhill, which would become an uphill on the way back!!. I gave in about 0.4 miles from the top and walked to the summit. When I reached it I made an executive decision to turn around before the downhill, thus saving myself another uphill slog. In the end it was a 2.2 mile run with about 0.4 walking. Not bad after a hard day's work, but still not week 7 day 3 as I was hoping. Didn't make it out all week as 3 day's fishing really takes it out of these ageing legs!!!

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4 Replies

  • I am running on a flat railway line, can't even imagine running up a hill ( or even an incline) so well done for getting as far as you did after a hard day of physical graft.

  • A railway line sounds perfect! That or along a coastal path. Must hunt some of these out.

  • Ouch, Sounds hard work. I think running up any slight or not so slight hill is so much harder work than on the flat, so well done on how far you did go. I hate hills, I get the chills just thinking about running up a hill. I live in Bath, so well, it would be easier if I did like hills!

  • Don't let them conquer you! However badly you fail, at least you tried. Saying that, I'm never going to try the Foyle Bridge again.

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