Since day one of starting this C25K programme all I've really wanted to do was go for a run. Never mind races, pacing, timing or distance (I admit I got distracted by all of that!); I just dreamed of putting on my shoes and running on the sort of path or trail that I would previously have walked.
So today I did just that; I took the opportunity to run along one of Scotland's LDPs (Long Distance Footpaths) as a one-way route.
I ran 16 km along the Speyside Way (in Moray) from Ballindalloch to Aberlour, passing several distilleries along the way. I'm not a whisky drinker, but I do like the smell of the stuff and you certainly get a whiff as you pass the distilleries close to the path. This straightforward section of the Speyside Way mostly follows the bed of the old railway line and therefore is pretty level, if very muddy in some sections. It also follows the River Spey, with great views of the river in places. The path passes several old stations, some of which are now residential properties and some are standing empty.
The track was particularly muddy from about 10km to 14km and I hadn't realised just how much this slowed me until I hit the harder, drier surface at about 14km and felt I was flying (by comparison) for the last 2 kilometres!
Last night I'd checked the 'net to find where there was a cafe in Aberlour to wait for my hubby, who was working near Ballindalloch and who would meet me at Aberlour when I'd finished. I'd found one and this cafe had shared a menu on their webpage, listing, among other things, All Day Breakfast with pancakes, crispy bacon and maple syrup. I must admit the thought of that kept me going when I was tiring somewhat about half an hour before I finished.
I arrived at the cafe with my running shoes completely caked in mud and mud splattered up to my knees. Thank goodness I was wearing cropped tights and could wash some of this off in the toilets! I was amazed to see my Garmin said I'd burned 1125 calories (I've never looked at the calories figure before). I remembered someone on this site speaking about calorie-deficit from running and I ordered and tucked into my pancakes and bacon with delight - and a clear conscience!
With arriving in Aberlour in the rain and going straight to the cafe I didn't do any post-run stretching at all and fear I'll really pay for this tomorrow. I'm feeling pretty stiff tonight.