Oh dear! afraid i wasn't organized going to my "tuesday nighters" running club previous evening, got nearly there @ 6.20pm, to see them all heading off from the meeting place, luckily i spotted them before the entrance so they never saw me in my car! Must try and be on time Forgot the paperwork to hand in so had to head back and was therefore EXTRA late! OOPS, oh well, all changed and "kind-of" fired up now, decided to try running at the forest up the road which i often walked with my old "Ruffdog"; George dog not been there much yet(used to live nearby but not now) , but i know the tracks well and feel safe there on my own( as long as no escaped prisoners from Parkhurst!!)
walked from car up the tarmac path and set off jogging , passed a fit looking runner who was going well, he raised his water bottle in the air, nodding at mine(Snap! same one!) and said cheers! that was jolly of him!!! was going to do a nice familiar track, D**M!, forgot it was hilly at the start, huffed and puffed to the top avoiding muddy bits, nice downhill, passed some labradors with a lady, who didn't hear me coming despite the huffing, but the dogs spotted me so she clicked in the end! More uphill now, felt like walking but kept plodding, then a flat bit, looked at watch only 3k, thought it would be WAY further hard work and hot and bothered! decided to extend the route, and make myself proud! flat ish stretch, then final push was a steady uphill, be that a gentle one! it was quite gravelly and i wasn't used to that, being more of a road runner in general, spotted the pole across the path which indicated the car park so nearly there! must have looked a sight passing the last dog walker, very huffy by then, but managed to say thanks as he kept his dogs still as i stumbled past!! Got there ! stopped and huffed on pole for a min then back to tha car for a sit down and lots of water!
But Yay, that was a run that i wanted to try, so missing the club gave me that opportunity so it was all good in the end! 4.4k but felt MUCH further!!
**have pictured the jolly squirrel & leaf wood carvings that are there made out of tree stumps , if you are lucky you can see the super sweet Red Squirrels in several locations on the IOW, used to have a tame one where i lived, they are very CUTE!!
Happy running everyone