After last weeks awful long run I thought of a cunning plan for this weeks long run. I planned to drive to Exeter and run along the river there. However this cunning plan had to be changed due to torrential rain the past two days and hubby’s fear that I would slip in to the River Exe!
We hatched cunning plan part two last night when we expectantly had a Madam free evening and went for a ‘fresh’ walk along Exmouth seafront. This is flat I thought! Hubby said it is popular with runners so that was it sorted! On checking my lovely app walkjogrun I discovered a cycle path leading out of Exmouth following the estuary towards Exeter.
An early start (missing out on a lazy madam free lay in) saw hubby drop me at one end of the Esplanade a little after 7.30 am. I ran up on to the cliff to see how far I could follow the path out of Exmouth towards Devon Cliffs, not far as it happens before I was met with muddy paths and as I was wearing some shiny new New Balance trainers I headed back to the town centre. I got totally disoriented around the Quay but did note a few shops and eateries that will be nice to nose around in the warmer weather. After a pitt stop in the loos (which I was so grateful to see open and so must the residents of Exmouth be), I headed for the Exe Estuary Trail, (you can read about here if you so desire). It is a cycle trail still in the making, when it is finished it will be 26 miles long and I am sure they will run a marathon along it not long after! The surface is tarmac or wooden path and whats more it is relatively FLAT-hooray. There was lots of people walking, running and cycling on it and I was glad it was very well sign posted. I got to Topsham and admittedly a hill and turned around and headed back.
It was cold and here courtesy of Mrs Garmin is the proof
This run was far better than last weeks run and I was pleased that once I sorted Mrs Garmin out with the internet I could see that mile 18 was my second quickest! Very pleased also with Mrs Garmin, far more sophisticated and communicative than Mr Garmin clearly it is a woman thing. She also gave me this so I could show you!