I've been off-grid for a few weeks, on holiday in Pembrokeshire (see picture from a 3 hour/11 mile run/hike around St David;s Head) then back into the maelstrom of work with no time to blog.
Anyhow I have had some fantastic runs and over the last 2 weekends I have managed and 8 and a 9 mile run! I'm not leaving burning tracks like a DeLorean time machine, but I am managing to keep a steady pace around the 11 min/mile mark.
I'm doing 2 or 3 runs in the week, a fast (for me) 3-ish miles, then a leisurely 4-5 miles followed by a long run at the weekend.
My 9 mile run was another river run, this time from Radcot to Buscot. Bobble came with me as the route is fenced off from any animals so is dog-friendly.
When I set out at 9:14 on Sunday it was still frosty and the River Thames had mists rolling along it. We had the path and river to ourselves for 2 miles until we passed a few hardy fishermen. I managed to not get lost and before long reached Buscot weir, having done 4 miles in 44 minutes . At this point there was a cow-field to cross so I turned back. The sun was out on my return journey and things were now slippier underfoot due to the ground defrosting and I had a few Bambi moments luckily only observed by the dog.
At around 7 miles I started to feel tired, but kept up the pace for mile 8 and as approached Radcot bridge I ran an extra lap around a field to try and hit 9 miles, but I ran out of path and so had to put the dog on the lead and wait for ~30 seconds to cross the road and carry on running. Literally 50 yards beyond the bridge I hit 9 miles and carried on back to the car to do 9.12 miles in 1h:43m.
After a brief sit down and a flask of coffee I was back on my feet and went home for second breakfast.
You'd think that I would have been knackered, but running does strange things to me and after finishing my toast I went out, cleaned the chickens out and chopped up wood for the log burner. Then later that afternoon I was the one chivvying everyone else to go out for a walk. After which I was in the mood for baking and so spent 4 hours in the kitchen, I swear that I have been kidnapped by aliens. I never understood what people meant by exercise giving you more energy, but I do now....
Come Monday I was a little achy, but in a satisfying way, and this morning I was still a little "clicky" in the knee department so I decided to take another day off. So tomorrow I'm going to do a speedy run, then a nice jog on Friday and I'm already planning my Sunday route, I'm thinking the Thames Path again, but this time from Radcot to Chimney and back which should get me to 10 miles.