Did speed work with running group last night (not brilliant tbh, this was the first time I have felt wheezy when running for about 6 months, my asthma had all but disappeared, and I had to go to car to get my asthma pump part way through). I am preparing for a 10 mile multi terrain event in late November so my personal trainer (ie my marathon running big sis Fran) suggested an "easy" recovery run (a WHAT . . ?) this evening.
I couldnt wait! I dashed home from work, went home and changed and picked up Boy the Bedlington terror, drove 5 mins to the Aberdulais canal basin to run along the canal path between the Tennant canal and the river Neath, as it is usually a bit more sheltered when the wind is so gusty.
It wasn't meant to be dark for another hour and half but it was so gloomy already!
Sploshed up the canal path for 2 miles (at several points the canal had burst its banks and was gushing water over the path, into the river). Had a great laugh, splashing around like a very large child! Once you resign yourself to getting soaked feet etc, then it's quite liberating!
Had to put the Boy on his lead for the middle 2.5m as the perverse farmer had decided to swap the cows that normally live in one of the fields beside the canal for sheep .
I don't usually run with the dog on a lead, especially since big (marathon running) sis fell over her own dog and fractured her cheekbone in March, but he was really really good, but I found I had to watch my pace as his natural pace is a bit faster than mine (only cos he doesnt like the rain and wanted to get back to the car, usually he stops every other blade of grass to sniff and wee!).
The only other people out were two fishermen. They looked at me like I had several screws loose, but my thoughts were "fancy standing round in the cold and wet when you could be running and getting (very) warm!"
The last mile my legs were tired, but I really enjoyed. And I feel as smug as smug can be!