Todays chocolate is Silky Delight chosen to represent the total elevation gain on this mornings run of 1500 feet!
Saturdays are parkrun day, but unfortunately I have not managed to do one since the end of November, today was no different. Today was long run day.
As I sat eating breakfast at 6 am, listening to the rain on the conservatory, I was not feeling the love for it! I tried to back out, but my companions were having none of it.
It doesn’t take long for Devon to be awash with water, with the water running off the hills and fields. This was/is a path but today was a stream. One I had to run up just to keep the feet from freezing and dropping off completely. FFFFFFFFFreezing that water was
The Devon mountains were aplenty
The cloud was low We were so high up we were at times in the clouds, but when we could see them, the views were of course amazing.
One particular downhill was so steep and slippy that I adopted the skiing ‘snow plough’ I learnt whilst in my Canada years, this gave onlookers the impression, I was skipping. I can assure you I was not.
The best moment ever happened, when our run leader did a spectacularly graceful fall, his weeks watching Strictly have not gone to waste. I did have to stop, double over and cross my legs for a while, till the laughter eased! Then I promptly gave him a ten!
It is the first time I have ever been for a run and come back with cleaner trainers than I set out with, thanks to all that water.
Loved the footprints I left on the stairs, must have gone up them quick there is no way I have a high instep like that, nope flat-footed me.
12 miles done, in mud, rain, streams, across fields, through mud, over fences, under fences, over gates, under gates, over bridges, through cowpats, yes this run had it all, multi terrain in its finest. I had blast. (Should I seek professional help for this? Answers not required)