Well, I hope you’ve all had a great festive season and start to the new year.
Over the break, I took a few days from my A/L to add to the public holidays and make up the full two weeks, which in the end turned out to be a good plan.
However, what with birthdays, Joshua’s was on the 21st, and travelling to pick up Dad from Devon, which involved an overnight stay but with a welcome attendance at a ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service at the local church, and then preparation for Christmas itself, I didn’t get much running done in the first week.
It probably didn’t do me any harm and allowed my body to recover from the street pounding I had been doing in London over the past few weeks in the run up to the break. Nevertheless, by the time I got to the end of the first week I was itching to get outside and run, and take the opportunity of running through the trails around Guildford.
The weather in the UK has other plans though and you may have seen a few reports of some excess water sitting around the flood plains of Surrey, which were just the start of what I had to contend with during the next few days.
In reality, I managed to get out in between showers and managed to stick to the ‘high ground’ so only had to dive through shin deep, freezing rivers of water on a couple of occasions, and had a wonderful time and start to the new year reminding myself of the joy of trail running in comparison to the streets of London (which contrary to popular myth, are not paved with gold!)
So now it is back into a routine of commuting, train journeys, and snatched lunchtime running around the urban areas of the City, Wapping, limehouse, hoxton and hackney! to name but a few of the areas I have been frequenting recently.
The contrast is distinct and I’m missing the greenery and rolling hills already. Roll on the weekend!