Spring running with animals

Spring running with animals

Weekly Round Up

This week has been a really good week of running. The sun has been shining, the evenings are lighter and spring has certainly sprung.

Monday saw me go for a morning run before I’d even had breakfast, very unusual for me. It was a nice 5 mile run on some of my local trails and was quite a nature trail. As well as the primroses and daffodils blooming by the paths I saw a number of red kites flying overhead, mewing to each other. I heard, but didn’t see, two woodpeckers pecking away at different points in my run. And when I got to the top of a hill there was a fox leisurely strolling across the path. So all in all a rather good run.

My next run was a club run and I decided to forgo an interval session and instead take advantage of the lighter evening and hit the trails.

Pitstone Windmill by Anthony Wilkins via Flickr.
Pitstone Windmill by Anthony Wilkins via Flickr.

We ran a route I hadn’t done since last summer, to Pitstone Windmill and up Pitstone Hill. We ran quite a steady pace and it was just lovely to be out at dusk. At one point we ran through a field with sheep and lambs who skitted away as we approached. I always have mixed emotions when I see lambs. They give me joy as they are so full of life, jumping around, enjoying the grassy fields. But they also make me sad as I know they will soon be killed for someone’s dinner. They have such a short life.

By the time we reached Pitstone Hill it had got very dark and one of our group had realised she had forgot her head torch. When I got to the top of the hill I turned back and didn’t even see her running up. So we made sure she ran in the middle of the group from then on as the final part was through some very close paths through the woods. We ran just over 8 miles which is the longest I’ve ran for a good few months. I really felt the last couple of miles, especially after the hill but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My final run of the week was just a short one. I got some new road trainers this week so wanted to do a short run to break them in and what better companion to run with than my pup? It was more of a walk/run as he needed lots of stops to roll in the grass, eat the grass, sniff the grass and, of course, do his business! You can’t run fast whilst holding a full poo bag!

It was only 2 miles but really fun. He enjoyed himself a lot and once we get up to 3 miles I’m going to take him to the local canicross club to see how he does in a pack.

All in all a great week running. How was your week?

  • Sarojini

    You are lucky to be able to run off road… I miss the countryside! Sounds like you had a good week- mine was mixed. Easter Sunday lunchtime me and hubby ran a very hilly 10 miles, passing through the Hall Green, Billesley, Kings Heath, Maypole, Druids Heath, Solihull Lodge and Shirley areas of Birmingham/ Solihull, and I really enjoyed it despite the fact it took us nearly 10 minutes longer than our usual 10 mile route. Monday and Tuesday were 4 miles and 6 miles respectively which we enjoyed running on those still, sunny early evenings with the suburban air full of the scent of daffodils and hyacinths. Wednesday was a day off, and on Thursday we ran another 6. On Friday we ran 4 miles and I had my new shoes (Asics Gel Nimbus; most Asics shoes are suitable for vegans btw) but due to a momentary lapse in concentration I stumbled on a bump in the pavement and it set off an old thigh injury. Consequently yesterday’s 10 didn’t go too well- I had to go very slow and ended up walking the last half mile. Had a day off today and leg has eased a lot so will try a steady 4 tomorrow with any luck. Wishing you another good week of running 🙂

    • MissRoulette

      I must say that what drew me to my Wednesday Club is the areas they run in. It’s not the nearest club to me but I think they run the best routes.

      You sound like you had a busy week running, it’s great that the evenings are getting lighter. Hope your thigh is better and your steady run yesterday went well.

      Spring must be the time for new shoes. I went to Sweatshop armed with a list of vegan brands and ended up with Mizuno. I’ll have to try Asics next time and see how they fit.

      • Sarojini

        I’d like to try Mizuno next, but I must say Asics last really well for longer runs on harder surfaces. Over 300 miles! I also like Brooks vegan ones (as u prob know they r not all vegan) as they are nice and light, but they don’t seem to last me well. I get all sorts of aches and pains if I run in worn out shoes, especially the balls of my feet, as I am not a heel strike runner. My thigh is much better, thanks:)

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