|Village Pond at Aldbury, Bucks|
I've enjoyed my weekend calorie burning efforts. Started Saturday morning with a run lasting 1 hour, 15 minutes over very familiar hills and tracks. Slight problem in my left foot, along the mid section on the outside. My theory is I pulled a muscle while running around in my cycling shoes (ill fitting) the previous weekend chasing B & H in a game of cops 'n' robbers. To alleviate it I found running on the ball of my foot worked well and even better was achieving this meant that I had to run faster! That might sound fine but I could only keep that pace up for so long.
Nevertheless I really enjoyed the run. Mentally it set me up for the day as it normally does. As so often happens, I think of all kinds of things (often quite creative) and then simply forget the moment I get home. Does anyone ever run with a Dictaphone?
My bike ride this afternoon as again deliberately hilly with going UP rather than DOWN. Mind you, it was fun and a little scary bombing down the hill into Aldbury from the Ashridge National Trust Estate. My Cateye claimed 34mph as the maximum speed. As stable as the Thorn Audax Mk3 is, I felt I was pushing it to the limit but I dare say others will regard this as rather tame.
All in all my ride this afternoon was 35miles and I knew I'd done it! It shows I need to build up some miles in order to cover, say, 100+ miles in a day. While yesterday I had that "runners high" feeling, this evening I have a quiet feeling of placidness from the miles today.
Before I forget, it was lovely being able to notice the changing seasons. The blossom, the breezes, the April showers, the clouds and the lengthening daylight. All is set for a great year ahead!