Over the course of the summer, I've been enjoying long slow runs about once a week. For the past several outings I've been accompanied by my lovely hubby on his bike, but despite arranging both of our days off work for this week to be today, he was called to a meeting today.
So I set off alone today on what was a straightforward 'off-road' run. It wasn't truly an off-road run, but a run along a private road to a dam created as part of one of the local hydroelectric power schemes.
The route started by running along a woodland track beside the River Orrin and it was lovely running in the dappled sunlight. After crossing the River Orrin I emerged onto the surfaced private road and began the long, slow steady climb to the dam. There were three cattle grids on this road, and I slowed down to a walk to pick my way carefully across. (I once fell down a cattle grid when out hillwalking and badly injured my shin, so always go 'ca canny' now )
The route climbed almost 200m over the 10km and with a headwind I took it slowly. I stopped at the reservoir just long enough for couple of photos and a wee drink and turned around to head back with the wind behind me, The return was much easier although I kept it slow and steady. I was soon(ish) back down in the woods beside the river. I felt I was starting to notice a lack of energy at about 15 km and should have stopped to eat something then. But I didn't I kept going until I came to a junction where I knew I'd have to stop to check my map. This was only about five minutes later, but although I nibbled a little muesli bar with my water here, I really felt drained for the last 2 kms. I felt I was running through porridge. The stats from my Garmin show I ran the final two kms at the same steady pace, but I really pushed myself to keep that pace. I'll need to be more careful about refuelling in time in future.
The route is here: connect.garmin.com/activity...
More photos here: flickr.com/photos/swan-scot...
ps I only saw one vehicle during the 2 hours 20 mins.