We've been to Yorkshire! Only for a couple of days while my eldest daughter took a look at York University. We decided to camp at the Castle Howard Lakeside Campsite which turned out to be a bit posh in a basic kind of way (i.e. expensive, looked nice, few facilities). This was through being somewhere on the Castle Howard Estate which meant there weren't many footpaths open to a runner and those that were there stopped after a while with a good measure of barbed wire and signs warning of nasty dogs on patrol.
We arrived on Monday and left Wednesday (today) meaning I could squeeze in three short runs. Each of these was about 4 or 5 miles and I absolutely loved them through being in perfect weather conditions and new terrain.
All this reminded me of why I sometimes like to run on several consecutive days, doing simply a few miles each day. This is why:
- Fitting in a run for 30 - 45 minutes is not too difficult
- It builds a nice running habit
- Much less likely to pick up a running injury, compared to longer runs
- Each run is valid; good runs don't have to be long or fast runs - they all count
- Burns about 500 calories each time
- Long enough to get warmed up and feel like I'm having a decent run
- Long enough for a Runner's High
- Still incredibly effective in maintaining good levels of fitness (heart, circulation, joints etc)
- A daily reminder of all the great things about being a runner
And now we're back home, I think I'll carry this on for a few days. Oh, should have said. It's true every single run does count, even if it's just a mile. I am on track for 1,000 miles in a year - that's through a real mixture of lengths and I love each one of them.