Juneathon day 5.
The weather forecast last night pointed to a morning run, however my OH and I had a few differences about what I mean by morning! He first suggested I get up and out the door at 7.30! I finally reluctantly made it out 3 hours later, still morning!
I’m thinking this morning might have been the last time I run the road loop around Whitwell and Niton which I have run for a several years. Well not unless I can reinvent myself as a morning person and go out at 6am! After being passed by a couple of coaches driving at 40 mph within a foot or so of my elbow and many other lunatics who expected me to jump into the nettles in the hedge I decided that some parts have become too dangerous!
Drivers on the Isle of Wight take note, when you come across a walker, runner, cyclist or horse, it’s quite simple really… application of brake pedal and selection of a lower gear will give sufficient control to cope with cars coming in the other direction and move out and give us a bit of space at the same time!
A shame really because this route was going to be the backbone of my summer running and marathon training and the alternative is to drive several miles to the coast or the cycle path to find somewhere safer to run.
After coping with the traffic for 3 miles instead of turning for home we decided to continue for a bit to extend my run via some quieter, narrow roads which are peaceful and less trafficked before heading home via a bridlepath avoiding another busy bit of road. This was a lot easer going under foot for me than for OH on a road bike and fortunately there was only one big muddy puddle to negotiate. I guess that’s my answer… I will have to look into re-planning my run routes to use more bridlepaths and hope we have a dry summer!
It started to drizzle lightly after 4 miles and by the time we got home it was really raining. So I had to eat humble pie, agree with other half and be grateful we went when we did because it’s been pouring down all day since!
6.72 miles and the only jumping into hedges today was to avoid becoming road kill!
Juneathon running total… 23.7 miles