Ha! No not Darfur. Flitwick way -which is a teeny tiny little town. I nearly broke my neck last year because I had to run in the dark and tripped on a paving slab! I've never seen runners wearing head torches, so I thought I'd look like a lost miner! I've ordered one online and will give it a go! And the dodgy parts are dodgy -I've been egged before, had bottles of water thrown at me .. FULL bottles of water, might I add just walking down the street and the motto is 'if it's not chained down, it won't be there in the morning'. Great.
Thanks so much for your suggestions about running to work. I work an hour's drive away so there's no chance of running to work -and lots of the A6 doesn't have paths! Honestly. I've driven in and been dead set on finding a running route along there because it passes the Chilterns and it looks gorgeous!
I think the local running club is Bedford (another 30min drive North) so will do a bit of research.
Whether a. anyone has found in new places their running suffer and b. (most importantly), how everyone manages running in the pitch black in the country / towns that are smaller so there arent roads to run on.
A year ago I moved out of London to a smaller town and went from a strong runner (14miles were my long runs on a Sunday afternoon) who ran half marathons and 10ks... to a couch potato.
Moving out of London meant that when I would try and go running, I would usually stumble across national speed limit roads, roads with no lighting (so I'd be near breaking my ankles at night running along grass verges) or end up in dodgy parts of town. I gradually let my running slip and now it's a year later and I can barely manage 3 miles without stopping! I used to love exploring town, feeling safe and letting my feet guide the way. Now I just can't relax into runs and don't enjoy them.
I need advice on running in the dark: is it silly to wear a head torch? I'm worried about my safety too -my diary doesn't permit me to join running clubs because it changes so frequently so I'm worried about running alone through streets unknown..
Apart from getting a dog to keep me safe on my runs (which I am seriously considering!), does anyone have any ideas? Has anyone found that new places put them off running? I've done the obvious; planned routes around town which are lit -but not all parts of town are safe!
Ha! I don't know why he felt the need to show off -he could've hurt himself! Silly so and so.
I know overall I'm in much better physical condition than my other half. Im going to start encouraging him to come for little runs with me -he only became a slob after landing himself one of those great but 12-hour-a-day jobs that require him to be near his computer of phone from 8am til 8pm at night when he gets in.
Perhaps if I get a Ben and Jerry's t-shirt it'll encourage him to run behind me, focusing on his favourite ice-cream so he forgets he's actually doing exercise!
Crazydiamond: totally hear you there. It will catch up with him one day and he'll become a belly on legs!
No, it wasn't bravado; my in-laws wanted to go for dinner and we had to start making a move.
It's very interesting. I wonder if there are just certain people who are genetically incapable of being fat or unhealthy?
For example, my grandmother smoked 30 cigarettes a day from the age of 20 until she retired because she used to work in a factory 10 hours a day and she smoked to get through the day. She's 85 now and has all her teeth and no medical ailments! On the flip side, you hear about really healthy, athletic people having heart attacks 'out the blue'... I wonder to what extent it's just genetics?