I woke up early and finally got up about 8am for a run in the woods. This is the start of my second week back running – about 6 weeks after re-dumping the evil cigarettes – and I’m actually enjoying it this time, which isn’t typical for me.
It was a lovely sunny morning, and I got to the woods about 0845. I’m currently investigating some new trails, but because this was a weekend run I wanted it to last for at least an hour, so I ran up the little hill first and went through the woods onto the main trail, and then took a prohibited path back in a little further along.
It was really beautiful in there: pine needles underfoot, lots of flowers and butterflies, beams of sunshine descending through the tops of the trees to the undergrowth etc etc. There were also a few large blusher toadstools — the first fungi I’ve seen in there for months — and the trails passed a number of very peaceful and attractive natterjack breeding ponds. I’d wanted to take the camera, but (i) I’d not charged it, and (ii) I’m not sure where the camera belt carrying thingy is. I’ll take it next weekend, which probably guarantees rain.
I stopped for a good stretch two or three times, and explored a number of different paths. I was fairly tired by the end, but I think I probably ran for about 75 minutes: maybe a little longer. I was listening to Master & Commander (read by Patrick Tull, of course), which is just as wonderful second time round.
I had another good stretch at the end. I was amazed to find when I started running again towards the end of last year that proper stretching did away with all pain and stiffness in my legs very quickly. Happily, the same thing seems to be happening again. I try to stop for a stretch about 5 minutes into a run (once my legs have had a chance to warm up) and then I stretch properly at the end. On a longer run I might stop more than once: it’s a chance for a breather as well, of course.
Back at the car I ate an apple and drove to Tescos for some bits and pieces (which included my post-run Sunday treat of pain au chocolate (okay, so I ate two…)). Yum 🙂 I then ran the car through the car wash and washed it again by hand at home. It was truly disgusting: it must be well over 6 months since I last washed it. After that I took it back to the garage and gave it a thorough cleaning/hoovering inside. Now it looks lovely 🙂 I then tidied up my sitting room — long overdue. That also looks great.
Now I feel relaxed and virtuous, and I’m about to watch Music & Lyrics.
My Solo Tarp arrived from Bob and Rose at Backpackinglight.co.uk earlier in the week and I can hardly wait to use it. I’ve also ordered a new 3/4 length mattress. It’s coming from Australia, but they were very fast last time. I hope to use them both in the Brecons next weekend with Bob and some of the podcasting bunch. It’ll be great fun to get out again: I’m v. much looking forward to it. It’ll also be my first experience of bivvying since Uni.