Since the Longleat 10k, I’ve had a very slack week when it comes to running. I had some shin pain after the races so wisely ditched my plans for a recovery run on Monday. Then we went to Paris on Tuesday…and then Wednesday and Thursday I was just a slacker. No excuses. So today I wanted to make up for a lazy week by running 9 miles. I haven’t run 9 miles since I came to the UK and I was a little concerned that I’d lost too much fitness – I have a half-marathon in three weeks’ time. So I wanted to see how I did today.
My parents live 2 1/2 miles from Stonehenge, as the bird flies but it occurred to me recently that I’d never run there. So I set out to run to Stonehenge and back. I purposefully ran slow and steady. I had some leg pain again – it feels muscular rather than skeletal, tucked behind the shin on my right leg. This is the leg I broke, I’ve had numerous problems with it since. I’m also wearing new-ish shoes without the insert that I used for my old shoes, and I feel like I need the structure that the insert gave me, even though the guys at my running shop told me it gave me no structure at all. I don’t know. So today I focussed on landing my foot in the right place and little by little the pain went away and I had a pain-free run. Great!!!
The sunrise today was spectacular. I ran up through my village, passing a fox freshly killed on the road. So beautiful, so sad. I wanted to cry a bit. I ran through the next little town and then veered off on the chalk and mud track to Stonehenge. Lots of mincing round vast mud puddles. And then I got there. I love Stonehenge and decided to go back later with the Dude.
Back up the track to Larkhill, through the ugly army camp, across a field back to the nicer part of the place and then back home. Someone had moved the fox. I ran a little loop through my village and then finished at my front door.
It was a much better run than I had expected. My legs felt fresh, I felt strong-ish to the end. I was vastly relieved…Lake Chabot doesn’t feel out of my reach any more. 9.3 miles in 1.28.47 @ 9.32!!!
Later that morning, the Dude and I went to Stonehenge again.
And here are a few snaps of the past few days here in Wiltshire.