Well HELLO HELLO week sixteen! Have I really been doing this for 4 months now? Jeez.
I sometimes wonder whether running will have changed for me once I finish this. Will I never want to run again, recoiling from my trainers that will lay strewn, abandoned and lonely?
Or will it make me want to enter another race, or run across a country?
It seems never ending and coming to an end soon all at once. Am I fed up with running yet? Surprisingly, I seem not. Not yet anyway. I still have just over 5 weeks left yet. Ask me again then.
However, I guess I do get a bit bored sometimes. This week was a bit ‘force myself to go out, didn’t really want to go with anyone else, didn’t really want to take any pictures or explore new routes’. I just wanted to go get my runs done.
But then this weekend was a different type of training: walking the Cotswold Way with some friends. All still good training (time on feet, long hours etc.) but just something a bit different and YES I WAS SO EXCITED FOR IT.
We TOTALLY lucked out with the weather (4 days of glorious sunshine) and despite going too hard on the first day (27 miles on a first day is a bit keen) I didn’t do too bad and time permitting I think I could have definitely gone on to finish it (we have about 34 miles left to do). It did make me acutely aware of how much further and faster I have to do in the desert though, so let’s hope for less hills and faster legs in the desert.
But do you know the best thing about it? 4 days of no lists, no computer screens, no walls, nothing to do but walk and eat and sleep. Just fresh air, countryside, good company, camping and eating. That simple life-on-the-road adventure life.
Man, it felt good.