My new trail shoes have been great in the last few weeks, allowing me access to muddier uneven terrain without getting my feet totally soaked, a very miserable feeling when you’re racking up the miles and even better, I’m less likely to slide on the mud.
Similarly my headlamp has been invaluable as most of my mid-week runs, whilst they’re shorter, are still in the dark and will be for some considerable time. Not sure that the local wild life appreciates it though as I trot down the tarmacked track near home towards the racecourse. I almost always spot a solitary bird of prey, a buzzard, or a sparrow hawk may be?
I’m no ornithologist and in the dark it’s even more difficult to see, but I think he gets very fed up with me as my headlamp reflects on the back of his eyes as a sits and minds his own business on the fence post. As I run towards him he begrudgingly moves further down onto another post and as I approach that he goes further down and so on until he finally has enough and flies off, probably cursing me under his breath. Still old chap, I won’t always be doing this, in a few weeks time I can stop!
Week 5 of training and I’ve already made several mistakes, one being to see two personal trainers in one day, where each gave my friend and I a severe thrashing. It made the 9 mile run the next day very hard and somewhat painful; well in all honesty it was a case of what didn’t hurt rather than what did! However ever slow to learn lessons, the following week in order for my marathon partner, Lisa and I to do our 13 mile long run together, the only day available was in the afternoon after seeing my regular personal trainer, so that was equally hard! Note to self is to try and plan better!
Finding time for other things is a definite challenge. It would be interesting to see how others find it.
Now we’ve had ice and snow now too which makes running somewhat less fun. Training for an Autumn marathon has got to be easier, apart from the temperature being warmer, you’ve got light nights!
Just remind me of all this if I even vaguely mention doing another marathon!
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