Running Free

It’s a strange feeling, knowing that you are running well and not having anything to aim for save a 5k in two months time. Today I left the house with my faithful little dog and headed for the woods; he was excited and I was relieved not to be in training anymore! We were dodging showers, unsuccessfully in the main, but it didn’t matter. It wasn’t cold and we weren’t far from home, so getting a bit wet was a minor thing.

As you can see the woods are looking gloriously autumnal at the moment, with us experiencing some unseasonably warm weather (it should be frosty now, but the nearest we got today was a bit of hail.)

We’ve had a fair bit of rain, so all the streams which are usually just trickles are swollen torrents. The paths are still reasonably gravelly, so the amount of mud around is minimal. Great for my washing bill!

I ran the first mile in an easy 10:48, the second in an almost identical 10:49 and the last in 12:13, stopping to take photos and videos as I went.

Which way?

It was a lovely, gentle, gleeful run – 3.13 miles in 35:34. Murphy had great fun running back and fro, as he does. If I could bottle his energy, I’d be a millionaire!

4 thoughts on “Running Free

  1. Hi Julie, running free with no particular targets in mind is a most relaxed and enjoyable way to go. That’s how I try to run nowadays, staying within my comfort zone, getting high in wild and wonderful places, gazing around and enjoying the ever-changing scenery. Can recommend it.
    Oh, and congratulations for your good run at Jedburgh. I posted a comment but it disappeared. Hope this one reaches you OK.
    Give Murphy a pat for me.

    1. I found your comment today Gordon, it has snuck into the spam box. It’s rescued and I’ve replied 😊 Today was a lovely run – no pressure, no targets, no music. Just me, Murphy and nature. And the double cab that decided to disturb us mid run!
      Murphy appreciates the pat! He’s a happy dog, especially now that his belly is clean again!

  2. The pressure of an upcoming race is sometimes helpful in providing motivation. But! The best motivation is sunshine, beautiful countryside for an off road run, enjoying the colours of autumn (or spring) and of course a four legged friend:-) looked a good day out, I like the photos, always nice to see areas bloggers live in. IanB

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