What masochistic urge sent me out in wind, mud and rain to celebrate my 71st birthday? My pretty turquoise and pink Wave riders are a muddy mess (see pic). This is where I'm glad I have two pairs of running shoes, because they are going to take two or three days to dry out properly! I also have to say I just find mid morning runs very tough, I don't have the energy and stamina that I have first thing or early evening. This run was a struggle
Well, the usual cockups. I did my warmup walk, then forgot to set my Garmin till I was halfway down New Street and a few minutes into the run. I turned off along the lane leading to the church. Mine are road shoes, so I was a bit unsure about using them off road, but the track was ok, just a bit of mud with rotting leaves, then tarmac through the start of the church grounds..
So, through the muddy graveyard past dripping yew trees and the castle mound, then along the gravelled track towards the Over Norton road. So far so good I thought. Spoke too soon. They are building the track up and one of the blokes working on it asked me to go round the track itself. No way of running uphill through tangled, hummocky ground, so forced to walk a few yards.
Then through the gate and up the muddy path through the woods. This is where things got interesting. Mud nearly ankle deep and slippery as hell, along with undulating terrain. In the end i was forced to walk again for several minutes, and painfully slowly at that, slipping, sliding and hanging onto the fence, till the track came out onto the Over Norton road and I turned back towards Chipping Norton. Where I watched in awe as a young woman surged up the very steep road to Over Norton village, barely slowing her pace. I hate her!
Back home now, soaked to the skin despite my water resistant running jacket, so it's a hot bath for me in a minute.
So my question is: with the enforced walking, does this count as a run, or do I count it as a practice run, and repeat it before moving onto week 9?