I'm normally a pavement, nice flat paths in parks slow but steady type.
But on a couple of weekends away recently I've had the chance to run with a friend through a couple of country parks - rough gravelly tracks, muddy paths, woodland paths. WOAH - uneven surfaces, a lot more up and down ( mainly i notice the up, a lot), a bit of slip sliding around.
All good fun and a bit of a change - but I'm knackered! Have done two runs like that over the long Easter weekend - using a music playlist for the first time but doing a similar amount of time 30 - 35 mins. Definitely not covering any more distance.
Please tell me it's more tiring going very slightly off road - I feel like I've discovered muscles I didn't know I had!
It will only be possible some weekends - but I'm wondering if it makes you work harder running on rough paths?