|This is just at the other end|
of the path from the bridge
It's been a while but I eventually managed to get a double run today. But not the track though, but let me tell you about it from the beginning.
This morning I picked up Tracy to go for our usual Thursday morning run. It was a pretty damp morning and it got wetter as we ran along. There were quite a few people missing this morning when we turned up at the rec, numbers were well depleted in the two faster groups, some were at the races others had work! Our group was quite healthy, number wise! I decided that I really needed to go through the woods. I knew that some of the ladies wouldn't like it as it was going to be muddy! But I am not a heartless leader, honest, its true, I was going to choose the easiest, probably the dries parts of the woods to go through, throwing in some road work too. The best of both worlds. I get to run in the gorgeous woods and the ladies will get to keep their shoes fairly mud free!
Instead of going in through the woods via Dog Poo Ally I ran up the road a little further and turned right into Little Thrift. There is the two ally ways here, the left path goes to Jubilee park over the new bridge the right path goes through to Petts Wood and Hawk Wood, over the two old bridges. We were going right, over the two bridge and then straight on to Botany Bay lane. I do love this name for this road(?) path, it is a very pretty path, I love running up and down here. Thankfully it wasn't that muddy.
|This is the gate where I rested|
after getting up the fist bit of
Botany Bay Lane
We ran down to the little river, then it was the up hill to the gate and the lovely house there is there. I just set my sight on the gate and ran it all. It was a struggle, 'Hills are our friends' did not come jumping into my thoughts! Once the other ladies caught up, that's, Auriol, Tracy, Kay and PinkLadyJo, we had a bit of a rest, and then a walk to the first post, where the electric lines are attached. "Ok, let's see how well we can get up to the next flat bit, count the posts that you pass as you run" I said to them. I started off, Auriol by my side and a steady plod up the hill. The other girls fell in behind going at their pace. I started counting, 1, 2, 3. It's not a particularly steep hill but it's enough to get you working hard if you put you mind to it, 4, by now Auriol was just behind me, 5, 6, 7. I didn't quite make it to the 8th and final one. I should have done, I should have pushed that little bit harder to get there. next time. Auriol said that she got to post 5, the other ladies I could see were running up, I didn't know if they had done any walking on this bit, but PinkladyJo came up to us and she said she hadn't stopped at all, and she got further than me! Brilliant.
Just getting up to the road now we had to pass by the side of the school. There are trees planted all along here and some of the school kids were hiding there having a cheeky ciggie! Oh I remember those days, good old school days, having a fag behind the gym! Long time ago! Now were had a bit of road work to do, along the front of the school and on towards the Tigers head. More school children, well actually I should say students outside the school gate, not smoking this time, just chatting away. A little further up I saw some other ladies, three of them sitting on the steps of some building, I don't know what the building is, I don't think its part of the school, I always thought it was where the nuns lived, but there were all sitting there having a smoke too. "Go on girl" they said to me as I huffed and puffed my way towards them "You're doing well" they said. I just indicated that I would like a puff on the ciggie! "She wants a fag" said one of them to the others "She probably would do as well" said Auriol as she past them. I just laughed!
We got to the main road and then crossed over to run through Scadbury park. Just the edge of it and only just a little bit of it as I knew it was going to be pretty muddy. This was to be our last bit of running through the woods. We came out to run on on the pavements, try and keep the speed up get a good run in. I think I was running a bit fast though as Auriol said to PinkladyJo that it was her turn to 'keep me company' in front. Ooops!
We finished our run down Birchwood, smashing! Love running down hill. The rain was really coming down now, a fine misting rain but enough to get you very wet. I needed to get back and showered before I go see Kirsty so I said to the ladies I would do my stretching at home, they all agreed that they will be doing the same too! A lovely run, I am glad I managed to get out.