I have just got back from a 2 week cruise to Iceland, Faroe Islands & Norwegian Fjords and ran nearly every other day whilst away.
1st run was the 1st time I had run on a treadmill & I hated it! The gym was too hot & I didn’t like the fact that everyone in the busy gym was behind me had a view of my backside wobbling as I ran. I am used to running in a horse field & only having rabbits & horses for company.
2nd run onboard was much better, running on the track on the open deck off the coast of Iceland, nice and cool at 06.30 am. Very few people up & about at that time but a couple of minutes in, I caught the wire of my headphones on a rail & consequently pulled them to pieces. Never mind, I just carried on using my watch.
My 3rd run was in port in Iceland, just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. I had found a shop to buy some new headphones (extortionate price but worth it). I was a bit nervous but I found a nice flat route around the harbour, quite a few people around but a very pleasant run but surprisingly warm considering how far north I was. Hubby had a nice cold beer waiting for me when I got back onboard so sat on the balcony & sunbathed with a beer (yes, sunbathing in Iceland, who’d thought it!)
2 days later, I was in the Faroe Islands where it was quite chilly, so after a nice long walk into town & back, I donned the running gear & took to the running track just after setting sail. The islands were still close by so had some great views although my hubby was sitting next to the track offering me coffee & a cigarette every time I passed him. He thinks he was helping!
My next run was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Geiranger in the Norwegian fjords. The scenery was stunning & instead of having my head down, concentrating on my run, I was looking at the waterfalls, sheer cliffs & green mirror-like fjord. Best run ever!
6th run was in the toy town village of Flam, another stunning location, on another fjord, once again spectacular scenery but quite a hot day & had to tackle some hills that I have just not encountered before. Still really enjoyed it but defiantly felt like hard work.
I was planning to do my graduation run on the last day of my cruise but I decided to graduate in my good old horse field back at home. This turned out to be much more preferable that running on an open deck, in the middle of the North Sea with a hangover.
I had a lovely 2 weeks and it was a great way to mix up these longer runs. I got home yesterday & just completed my graduation run this evening in my lovely sunny horse field just outside of Slough, may not have been the prettiest running location but it was very special. I’ve officially graduated & am just waiting for my shiny green graduate badge.