Yesterday a running friend asked how long I needed to run today, when I told her she said ‘don’t you just hate waking up on a Sunday?’ Fortunately for me the answer is no! I think because the first time I trained for a marathon it was all about the miles and of course I had never run that far before, each week the long run would get longer, each week I was amazed that I could make it that far. That sense of accomplishment stays with me, even after 5 sets of training.
I enjoy the planning of the route, the preparation nutritionally (pass the carbs) the early wake up, the long slow non pressured miles, the hours lost in my own thoughts. Yes the long run is my favourite, for me the easiest also, I will try to wrangle out of a speed session but never a long run.
Living in Devon means I can choose many routes, terrain and elevation for my long runs, the adventures are endless.
Three weeks ago I ran hard on flat along the canal, bliss
scenic, dry under foot and flat:-heaven
Last weeks run was a different kettle of fish
scenic, muddy, hilly bordering on mountainous!:-not so heavenly
Today I opted for a new route. Easter Sunday the lovely Giselle (also VLM training) is in Exeter, I was very pleased when she contacted me to arrange a long run date so I thought I better check out a route for us. I drove to Exeter, parked at the park and ride and headed through Exeter to the Quay where I joined the Exe Estuary Trail. This time I ran on the opposite side to the one I usually run on. Looking across the Estuary to my normal route. Wow what a run, I should have crossed over before and I will certainly be back. The western side is very different, surrounded by a nature reserve on one side and the Estuary the other, far more open than the East side. A huge plus side for me was being able to run up on the wall, whilst the cyclists were down on the path, no one speeding past, tinging their bell at me!
With scenery like this who could hate getting up on a Sunday?
Scenic, flat (except for the first three and last three miles) a lovely new adventure.