Today I took my errands by running strategy to new heights and ran further than I have ever done. I blame my husband!
I needed more wool and had planned to run to the wool shop, which is 3km away. 6km is a nice and manageable distance…
But then I wanted to buy ink cartridges for the printer too – and PC World is 5km in the other direction. Too far to run to both places, isn’t it? I decided to cycle.
But this morning started very cold and frosty at minus 3 Celsius… and I worry about skidding on ice on my bike.
So my husband suggested that I could run and switch to the bus, if needed. So I set off with my small running backpack.
The first leg was just under 5k – by which time I could shed my gloves and my feet were just warming up.
Ink cartridges purchased I continued on.
The second leg was longer and hillier and took me past the lake I have walked around a couple of times this Janathon.
I spotted a kingfisher with its bright blue back flashing brilliantly in the sunlight, and a flock of gulls walking on the water.
The second leg dragged on, but I made it. Decided that I would definitely take the bus home. Discussed the issue with the Sikh guy in the wool shop and an elderly lady customer with a double hip replacement. He suggested I should consider walking the rest of the way, she thought that not keeping running was cheating!
Having stopped at the café and fuelled by a large mug of hot chocolate and cream I decided to continue running.
15.15 K! That’s 9.4 miles and the furthest I have ever run! Half marathon next??