Spring running

Spring running

Weekly Round Up

It’s been quite changeable weather over the last week. One day beautiful sunshine and blue skies and the next bitter winds and grey clouds. Typical spring really, and it didn’t stop me from having two fun runs this week.

On a cold and grey Saturday I set off to the parkrun in Tring, which is all off road and quite hilly, and met up with other members of the Vegan Runners club. Being a national club we don’t have regular weekly night meets but we do try to meet up regularly at parkruns and races. This was my first meet up, so it was nice to put faces to names. 

Tring isn’t a PB course, especially as the first kilometre is all up hill, but it is really pretty. After the first kilometre you are in woods with some beautiful views. The next few kilometres are almost flat and then you have a long and twisted decent back to the green fields and have to do an S shape to get to the finish. Apparently there are often cows grazing in the field but they weren’t there this week.

The Vegan Runners had quite varied speeds, the fastest completing in just over 20 minutes and others over 30. I finished in 29 minutes 20 seconds, which isn’t my fastest time but I knew I’d be slower on this route so was pleased to finish under 30 minutes.

And being a Vegan Runners meet up meant there was food involved. After we had all finished we went to the local veggie cafe, Anusia, for brunch. I had the full English brekkie, followed by carrot cake. All very nice and I’ll be going back again.

blossom on trees and sheepMy second run was on Sunday with the sun shinning, such a change from the previous day. This run also crossed fields and some hills, but I took it easy and ran just over 5 miles in 51 minutes and 30 seconds. It was so nice to be in the sun, and warm enough that I wished I had worn my running skirt instead of capris.

This week’s run saw me log my first run over 500 miles on The Running Bug. I started logging my miles in February last year so I’ve done 500 miles in just over a year, quite a milestone for me. 

 

I wonder how long it will take me to log my next 500.

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