A couple of days ago DeeRunning challenged me to do a naked (i.e. headphone free) run. I’ve never done one and frankly I’m a bit horrified by the idea. Focusing on music or people talking about something is one of the ways I tune out of my gremlins through a run.
I’ve also done roughly 50 runs since starting the programme and all but two have been the same route (although I’ve clearly made it "further along" during that time), north along the road I live on. The odd two were THAT Parkrun and a run south down the canal towpath near me that runs parallel with the road.
The fact that I’ve done the same route over and over says an awful lot more about me than it does about the route! There’s a photo album of the route as far as it was end of C25k here: photos.app.goo.gl/710yzOL5X...
Having been nursing my calf a bit this weekend I’ve got very little exercise so I thought I’d go for a walk. A naked walk (in the headphones sense only, promise). Out of my house and head south along the road.
I checked back and found I do almost 0.5k on my warm up and warm down walks so I figured if I walked for 6k and turned on the halfway point, that is how far I’d get if I ran a 5k.
As you can see from the first picture, I live in the midst of beautiful countryside and all those cumulus clouds certainly made the sky more interesting than the totally clear azure blue we've had recently. But, my, it’s warm.
The walk took me to the edge of the next small town/big village south (just as my usual route now takes me to the edge of the next but one small town/big village north. Where I reached is near to a canal basin which I could drop down to and the make a circuit along the towpath that I ran part of a few weeks ago. But I retraced the route this time.
One main road crossing. Outbound it was fine - the bend in the road helps you to see. Coming back it is blind to the right and fast, and I managed to nearly get run over (a feat I’ve not managed in a few decades)...
The other photos are an old milestone I hadn’t spotted before and a plaque near some anonymous looking trees. Been living around here nearly 21 years and never spotted them before 🙄
Got back, very hot and sweaty - I tried to do the whole walk at the brisk warm up pace and I’m wearing regular cotton shorts and a tshirt, plus my running shoes. My feet hurt more after that than running, which seems weird.
My calf is still niggly but got no worse through the walk, so I reckon I am okay to run on it. Planning to do another 5k either tomorrow or Tuesday.
Whatever run you have next, enjoy it x