I made Wednesday the key session to leave a bit in the legs for a race this weekend to kick off my 2012 season.
Two laps of the undulating STRID WOODS trails
at Bolton Abbey with just a flat half approach and return.
I think at time we runners forget just how much effort we put in compared with the general public.
For example, I may get asked, "What have you run today?" and I may say, "just an easy 5". But compare that with a group of "hikers" who set off on Wednesday as I started the run. They certainly looked the part all geared up with their boots, gaiters, water proofs etc. They looked ready to tackle sub zero temperatures at high altitude. Off they went clockwise, many with walking sticks as I went anticlockwise.
I'd covered an undulating 2.5 miles when I saw them next. They were all sat around in one of the shelters on the trail having lunch. They had barely walked a mile! I saw them again on my 2nd loop. I notched up 6.5 to their 1.5! Easy life!
But at least they were doing something rather than sat at home watching day time TV and taking in more fully I suppose the splendour of the surroundings.
It's an easy jog on the grass for me today. Looks like I could finally digging out my SALE HARRIERS race vest, finding a set of pins and putting a number on!
The start of my 50th season of competition. Let's hope it's a good one........and for you also!