After a great run on Wednesday which was my longest and fastest to date, I wanted to remove all temptation to overdo it by running too fast today and headed out into the countryside.
As you can see, it isn't exactly Amazonian jungle or the Himalayan foothills but this gentle rolling landscape is a very pleasant place to be at this time of year.
The run itself was good, I ran 'naked' so, for the most part, the only sounds were me puffing/wheezing and the birds chirping away. I did attract the ire of a clearly upset bumble bee who 'chased' me away from it's source of nectar. I can't be too sure of the distance but I reckon it was buzzing around me for a good 30 seconds.
The route was quite 'easy' with the only hazards being thorn bushes, brambles and couple of sections with lots of exposed tree roots but with long jogging pants and some care and attention it was basically fine. I will say though that running on this type of terrain is more tiring than running on tarmac, both times I have done trail runs, I have really felt it despite the pace being a gentle lollop.
A quick word on my shoes (I posted the photo not too long ago). Absolutely great, no problems whatsoever and a bargain at the (still available) price of £25. You do need trail shoes for this type of running, you can feel the improved traction and the much stiffer sole is a must for hard, rutted and uneven ground. With normal road shoes I would be very worried about twisting an ankle.
All going well - 5 runs to go!
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