By Dawn’s Early Light
By Dawn’s early light I head out the door and accelerate. A few strides in I settle into my pace and my breathing settles.
It’s lovely to be back running this week so far I have had no issues with my foot so touch wood that issue is now solved. I read somewhere over the past few weeks that it takes around 2 weeks to lose any running fitness but that speed is the first thing to go and your endurance can hang in there for a lot longer. After my experience I can agree with this. My endurance seems to still be in place (though my muscles are getting used to the action of running again). My speed though has dropped I’m 90 seconds to 2 minutes off my normal pace. I’m not really worried I know it will return and as I’m training for a 50 miler out right speed isn’t a big issue.
A short section of Tarmac and I hit some easy trail. Alongside the stream I see some sheep with a black one off by itself looking rather forlorn. Running may not be as easy or fluid as it was a few weeks ago but it still feels good. The fresh early morning air is so invigorating and I feel the energy filter through my lungs
I’ve mainly stuck to the trails on this weeks runs. My first run was up the local hill that I’ve christened the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ (the resemblance to a Led Zeppelin song is totally deliberate). An 800 foot accent on my first run for 4 weeks wasn’t as hard as I had expected. It was a glorious morning but to tell the truth the weather could have been hurricane force winds and just because I was running it was glorious.
The trail emerges at the beach and I see an early morning rainbow across the nearby hills. After the short road section I hit the trail taking me over a hill. As I pass the farmhouse the sky darkens and hail hits my like peas from a pea shooter in the school playground.
So today’s run I got to test out my new INOV8 Ultra Race 290’s. They were a pleasure to wear. They felt like slippers with support. The grip/tread is not as extreme as my normal Adidas Kanadia shoes but this is a plus point on the road sections. My initial assessment is I think I have chosen well with the INOV8’s for my Ultra shoe. A full review will follow when I’ve put a few more miles on them.
Once the children have stopped with the peas a short road section before the final bit of trail. This is rather waterlogged but some footwork that Fred Astaire would be proud of and I’m through it. Looking over the Harbour I see the first Island ferry of the day. I then make my through the town to head my way home and breakfast.