Posted: 01/12/2014 at 15:27
Happy birthday Big G.
SK well done on the award Can I have your autograph please?
Emmy - hope you get well soon. Try not to rush back in to it, but then also don't take 5 months to recover from a cold like i did lol.
Real life got in the way of running again. I ended up with only 4 runs instead of 5, missed park run (was to be my first), and ALMOST missed my long run but recovered that one in epic style. I didn't do the distance I wanted but it's not too bad either.
I ended up heading out for my long run at 7.30pm on Sunday night lol. It was windy and spitting a bit but nothing too bad. I thought I had identified a 5 mile loop from mapmyrun that i could do and I wanted to do 28 miles (slowly!). Looking at the time and my pace this was always going to be ambitious.
As I joined the loop i realised it was going to go down some relatively unlit country roads. I stuck with it as best I could but about half way in to the loop I could see I was go down a completely unlit country road with no footpath. Of course I turned around and stumbled my way back to a 1 mile loop I use that does not have too many side streets interrupting it. I had done about 9 miles by then. I ran 10 of the 1 mile loops and got bored, arriving home for a 20 mile run.
Got me to thinking about running loops. I'm sure you have all seen Steve Way's 40 miles of half mile loop but he's not your average guy Have any of you done any significant distance using 1 mile or less loops? It's a weird experience. I can't work out whether it's harder than running a single loop / point to point or harder. On the one hand the end is never too far away (making it easier) but on the other hand your feel your brain turn to push and you feel a little bit like a hamster in a wheel