Last Monday was the first morning run of British Summer Time. That meant that I was bag running in the dark in the morning and it’ll be a few weeks before it’s daylight again in the mornings for me. This is not a great few weeks for me as I do enjoy it when I get to run in daylight. That’s why I had looked forward to my long run on Saturday so much.
Not a bad week
On Monday I was out, in a strange pre-saw light, and did one of my favourite 10km routes. It was a great way to start the week. Also, getting 10km in the back early sets the tone for aiming to smash past 100 miles in April.
Helen seems to be on earlies every Tuesday and Wednesday now so that means I have to get out earlier to make sure I’m back so she can leave. So, it was back to the head torch. It was also drizzling and I decided to leave my rain jacket at home too.
I needed to sleep so I opted out of a morning run on Wednesday. Instead, I went out in the evening in between picking the girls up from their various dance classes. I did an out and back along a nice route through a woods where I never see anyone else.
If you’re observant you will have noticed there was no entry for Thursday. That’s because I decided on a rest day. I don’t plan them, I just take them when I feel like I need it. So, Friday was an almost 10k out to Wombleton and back. It’s a great route and I just need to tag a bit on the end to make it 10k.
Oh, how I looked forward to Saturday.
Two reasons; one because I get to go for a run with Verity. She really seems to like out Saturday morning runs and it’s a great way for her to warm up for her dances classes.
The second reason is my long run. I had been undecided on where to go or how long to run. I got out my OS OLD 26 maps and looked at the paths and routes I could take. Even when I set off I wasn’t sure where to go.
In the end, I took the route through the old quarry and close to Appleton-le-Moors. There, I joined up with the Tabular Hills route and followed the into Hutton-le-Hole. This is where I took the road back in a southerly direction before a path down and across the river and up the other side past the new Ravenswick Hall that is being built.
The route is fantastic. It’s quiet, it has beautiful scenery and it’s got a mixture of terrain. So why did I feel like it was hard work and not enjoy it?
I got home feeling really crappy about the run. I still don’t know why over 24 hours later. I felt a bit better after binging on Irn-Bru!
I felt bad because I love running. And I felt worse because I look forward to these long runs, and when you don’t enjoy one it feels wasteful.
Another day off
I took another day off on Sunday and opted for a food blow out day. Cooked breakfast. Buns. Massive roast dinner and Cadbury Creme Egg chocolate brownies with cream!
I’m taking the positives for the week. I’ve run over 51km and if I keep this up then I will smash my 100 mile target. I’m hoping I can get to 200km – although that’s a stretch.
Finally, once good thing about this time of year is setting off in the dark and getting back in the daylight. that means seeing some lovely sunrises.