I've just got back from completing Week 5 Run 1. My runs to date have been from my front door and round a nearby park, or from the front door and around a smaller park and then a small woodland. Today I fancied a change, just to mix things up a bit, so I manfully (or woman fully) got myself togged up and out the door bright and early, then drove 5 minutes to the station. Running beside the train line (not literally of course) there is a path/cycle way through wooded glades and past some fields. Although the mist was quite eery I thought I would give it a go.
Getting from the car park to the start of the pathway was the easy bit, then, as I peered through the mist I realised the path ahead rose upwards. What's one little hill, I told my emerging gremlins and managed to walk up with ease. What I hadn't realised that the whole of the pathway waves up and down! My poor little legs - but I decided to just take the upward slopes slow and steady, and then enjoy the downward slope.
To my surprise the cows in the neighbouring field took an interest in me - heaven only knows why, as I must have looked like a pink monstrosity in my lycra, emerging from the mist. As I ploughed on puffing and blowing, they greeted me with a moo. Perhaps I was actually making similar cow like noises - who knows? Then two little calves came up close to the fence between us and actually started gambling along beside me. They must have kept up with me for two minutes or so, and it was really encouraging (and they were very cute).
On the return leg, I have no idea what was around me, as the thick mist was now condensing on my glasses, and I could barely see the way ahead. Drips splashed from my hairline, and I thought that the added effort in tackling the rises and falls meant I must be breaking into a mega sweat. However, it was only the condensation from the mist in my hair.
Dripping and bedraggled and finished my walk back to the car, alongside the main road, and just prayed that I would be fairly invisible in the mist.
I'm not sure I'll be doing this route again... Although I do feel a sense of achievement now I'm back home.