It's been freezing here and the art of gritting has not been introduced to our country lanes - result it's far too slippy to risk running on the roads or pavements.
Never mind, I thought, I can run around the fields. I tried this way back when we had a drought and quite liked it but I was only doing intervals then. Then it was a swamp for months so I stuck to the road and just got used to it. I put on week 9 (so as not to be too ambitious y'know) and off I went.
Oh boy - it was seriously hard work! Had to concentrate on where I was putting my feet so as not to fall down a rabbit hole or twist my ankle on a clod so I couldn't get into that nice meditative state when you forget you're even running. There is a lot more resistance too running on grass or earth compared with hard surfaces. In short I had to have a couple of little rests to even finish, I felt completely cream crackered and abandoned my initial idea of doing a few intervals at the end.
You guys who run for miles on trails must be hard (or insane - hard to tell which ). Still never say never again. Who'd have thought I'd be even running this time last year! So I won't be at all surprised if I develop a taste for being ankle deep in mud. Just now though I'm looking around the house to see if we could fit in a treadmill somewhere!