Run date: Friday 22 July 2016
Set-off time: 6.30 am, give or take
Pace: 9.41 mins/mile
Distance: 7.1 miles
Total run time: 1 hour, 8 mins:46 secs
Terrain/landscape: tarmac then gravel track, fluctuating gradient (but never steep)
Weather conditions: Cooler, pretty spot on really. ALTHOUGH: I had a severe run-in with the mozzies – 23 bites, I kid ye not! They feasted on me!
The route: (Got a bit squiggly at the end when I was rounding up to 7 miles)
Music of choice: Well, it started off with my dear Chris Hawkins, ’til the robot lady voice in my fairly new bluetooth headphones announced that her energy was fading, like a mayfly… So after a great bit of nostalgia with Bananarama:
I had nothing. Nada. No music, quite a rare thing for me. And I really enjoyed it, my thoughts darted about and sorted themselves out, and there was something cathartic about hearing the pad of my feet upon the pavement. And also how erratic my breathing can sound at points. I didn’t think silent running was for me, but I think I may do more of it.
Or so I’d always thought, hence why I’d always steered clear. But I felt good, I never fatigued… obviously this warrants a bit more experimentation to see if my hypothesis rings true (sorry Mum. She’s a hygienist and a little worried about ‘runner’s teeth’).
To sum up: The best run of the week, for sure!
What’s the plan now? You’ll just have to wait and see…