Last week I wrote about running in a half-marathon for the England Masters team. But, most of my running is not about racing. Twice a week I ‘train’, which tends to mean running fast for a period of time, often in some form of repetitions. But, most of my running is not about training. An average day is 10km (6 miles) of steady, low heart rate running. But sometimes, my running is just about joy, and that was the case today.
This afternoon, I set off for a steady run (my heart rate averaging 111 beats a minute) and trundled through my local countryside and historical sites on a beautiful late-May Saturday. In total I covered 32 km (20 miles), in a little under four hours. On this sort of run, I stop and speak to people, I stop to take photos, and in fact I stopped for coffee and cake too.
The pictures below and their captions tell the story of a wonderfully uplifting day. If you can run a half-marathon, and if you can walk for four hours, you could definitely go out for a four-hour run – and really enjoy yourself, provided you run slow enough, and provided you stop from time to time, to take photos, to talk, or to buy a treat.