I have just been lucky enough to have a beautiful week in the Algarve. Of course, the running shoes came along for the trip. When I dragged my husband out for a recce of places to run, I was amazed to find a running track right by the entrance to the hotel - only problem was that it was packed with very serious looking runners with coaches etc. All very intimidating!
However, further on down the road was a wooded area about the size of a couple of playing field which had been marked out with running trails which looped back and forth through the woods to create a track of about 2.5K. What a good idea and perfect place to run!
So early next morning I turned out for my run - oooh goody! no runners on the track so perhaps I wouldn't have to embarrass myself in front of the pros. To my dismay they had all migrated to the running trails, so I had quite an uncomfortable run trying to keep out of people's way as they raced past - a joyless bunch too - not one of them cracked a smile.
I went twice more and fortunately it was much quieter - ending up with only me and another elderly amateur on the Sunday morning.
My runs were slow - it was quite hilly, soft and sandy underfoot- but it was a delight to run through the scenery there, and I thought it very clever the way they had created a long run in a relatively small area. It has however confirmed my view that I definitely prefer to run in solitude!
grr! I've written this on the PC so that I could share the lovely photo, but it still won't load!!