After the graduation high and second post grad run blues (stop it - any run is better than the couch!!!) I set out this morning more in hope than expectation.
Decided to leave the dog at home as I was intending on a different route which involved some country road running. Decided I needed week 9 Laura to help me today after Thursdays run.
A fantastic morning ensued. 4:30 alarm and off out. A hazy morning but not too warm. Not keeping an eye out for the dog allowed me to look around more and without his chasing puppy antics, the wildlife seemed a bit bolder. Two swans and their 4 fluffy signets were catching some early morning sun at the lochside, rabbits scattered from my path, a couple of scrawny looking foxes stared at my lumbering presence and a deer crossed the footpath some 50 metres in front of me before bounding of into the woods. I was really enjoying this.
Came out of the footpath onto a country road which was fairly level for about 500m before starting its rise (runtracker says about 30m over another 500m ) to a farm entrance. Runtracker chirped in at this point to tell me I had run for 20 minutes so I decided to turn for home.
Not so much wildlife on the route back unless you count the mobile protein swarms I ran into. A few cyclists and runners out and about and we saluted with a nod and smile as our paths crossed.
Although the early morning animals had disappeared to get on with their day, the run back was just as enjoyable. I ran through Lauras warm down and finished with a lift in pace for the last 300m or so.
39 minutes ran and 7.3km covered and I can honestly say I enjoyed every single step.
The moral of the story? Dont be disheartened by a bad day or what you might consider a poor run. All runs are good and are important parts of training and provide you with lessons. Happy weekend whether running or resting