This week I purchased some Karrimor Trail 3 Shoes, wanted to start at the cheaper end to see if I liked it or not… and guess what.. I did. The muscle groups used for trail running are very different to the ones used for normal pavement running and boy, did I feel it!
Started off in Cirencester Park, a perfect day for a run, with a little chill in the air. The park has small trail paths which are mostly uphill (will be feeling that tomorrow!), and it really, REALLY challenged me! Huffing and puffing my way up the first one, I didn’t think I could carry on, but suddenly I just concentrated on my breath and it felt much better. I had no agenda but just to try it out, coming down the paths was just JOY, running with all the leaves around me and fresh air, hardly anyone in the park and I could just listen to nature! Perfect. Just went 3.5 miles, a little broken, but felt really strong. Still full of allergies, will have to remember my tablet tomorrow as I plan a very long run.
My mileage on the 100 mile challenge stands at 51.5 miles, so only 48.5 to go! Fantastic! I am going to try and get the 8.5 done tomorrow and another 10 on Saturday! A big challenge I know but why not! Hope to stand at 30 miles to go on Sunday – thats 3 x 10 mile runs. I can do that!
This challenge has been brilliant. Its been great to get as much running as I can in my time off as well as concentrate on what I am doing. I am still a sluggish runner, mindset screwed and allergies stopping me taking in as much oxygen as I need, its annoying but not the end of the world. I seem to get the mileage done, in a clunky way. The consistent runner who doesn’t stop to take breath seems to be far out my reach at this stage, but I will persevere. A whole year of running has shown me that this is not a sport for the faint hearted, you need to have grit and determination to plough ahead, and thats what I plan to do.
Hope you are all running well and happy, BB x