Well after last week's longer than expected run caused by a total break down of my ability to remember where I was supposed to be going I thought I'd have another go of a slightly different route.
This time I decided to drive the route I had planned first. That way, I shouldn't get lost! And it paid off. A lot of the route was the same as last time but the weather was kind today and I had a clear view of the mountains across the straits in the early morning sun. There was heavy dew on the fields and the lambs were lying against their mother's catching the first rays of the sun. The verges were awash with the yellow of celandines with splashes of white in the woods where the anemones were starting to show their faces. I was thankful for the coolish start to the day as the first 8k is pretty much uphill, albeit gentle after the initial hill. Pleased with my progress I was slightly slower on the first 10k than last week but still happy. Slow and steady as we say Turning the corner into what had last week seemed like hurricane alley there was a mere whiff of a welcome breeze as the morning was starting to warm. Or was that just me The steers in the field were curious today and a couple of them galloped down the field with me as I ran, just within reach over the wall had I cared to try. And on I went to the junction that had proved so testing last time! This time I turned with my face towards the mountains (couldn't see them at all last time!) and headed for the downward stretch.
In my naivety I thought that the gentle downward return towards home would be easier but alas I was mistaken. 15 or 16k done comfortably but as I turned into the home stretch I succumbed to a walking break for a couple of minutes before continuing to run. The road was busier by this time too so there was a lot more hopping into the hedge and my legs were getting tired and heavy. But then I topped the last rise and I was on the last stretch. Tired but happy
No records broken but I was happy with 20.13k in 2:20:19 at an average pace of 06:58m/k.
I think I need to check out some new trainers as my feet swell on these longer runs and the toes on my right foot get terribly scrunched. Left foot seems ok though!
Water? I need to find some way of carrying some.
Garmin or similar? Would love one. Can I wait until my birthday???
Distance? Is hard but doable. Should I stay at this distance or reduce it and build back up again?
I also think I need to do some sort of cross training.
Oh and this is my first running selfie ever, after I got home.