Ticked off run 2 of week 8 this morning and whilst I was plodding along I realised there are 2 things I've come to dislike since I changed my route for the longer runs...
First is driveways, the constant up and down where the kerb raises and lowers is a right pain in the leg muscles. I've taken to trying to keep to the "top" of the pavement, away from the road, where the up/down effect isn't so evident. But then you have to contend with bins, over grown foliage etc.
The second thing I don't like is seeing my own shadow whilst I'm running. I first noticed it on Sunday when I was able to run a bit later and it was light. Thought I might be safe out with my head torch in the dark this morning. But no the street lights conspired to cast my shadow into my path at every opportunity.
I know it's just a shadow, but it isn't a very flattering image, and gives the old ego a bit of a kick every time. This morning mine mostly looked like Ram-man (from the 80's He-Man cartoons)! There was even a moment where a glimpse of it caused an automatic attempt to hold my belly in - that doesn't work too well when trying to breathe and run at the same time!