What a fantastic run this morning 🙂
As predicted the snow started falling last night around mid-evening and after a few rather dismal flurries was really picking up and settling by late evening. I planned my run appropriately for the weather and set all my stuff out for an early start.
Sure enough morning arrived and I donned my longs with a couple of long sleeved shirts – I wore my Inov-8 shoes today, for the first time running since Leadville, as neither my Evos or Vibrams have particularly good tread for snow.
When I started out the snow was relatively patchy as the main road had been gritted, but as soon as I made my way up towards Pewley Hill, it was a different story. Swerve marks and abandoned cars laid testament to the attempts of drivers to make their way through the icy streets.
As I made my way up to Pewley Downs, I was a bit disappointed that it was so cloudy and that there were no views to enjoy, so I tried to concentrate on my footsteps which were heavy and laborious through the shin high snow.
Going up to Newlands Corner I was the first to go through the snow, which is a great feeling and actually made things a little easier, although I followed many, many animal tracks, probably fox, cats, rabbits, and possibly deer. Just before Newlands Corner (about 5km) I saw my first signs of life as another intrepid soul was out walking his dog.
Normally I would have peeled off to the north and back towards Guildford, but today I planned to do a further loop round to the east and so travelled back down what would normally have been a chalk lane towards Albury. As I went down in altitude though, the view became a lot clearer and I had the opportunity to look around while I was running (and taking pictures!) and enjoy the view. After a short trip along the road towards Dorking, I turned north again and started up towards Coombe Bottom (which always amuses the children :lol:) This was a nice sharp rise up to the peak of the run along silent, snow covered trails and although hard, was really enjoyable. The last little sprint, up Staple Lane to the West Hangar car park brought me back to the North Downs Way.
From there it was almost a straight drag home, through the trails back to Newlands and then Pewley again. I saw another deer around here and just managed to get a picture of her in the distance staring back at me.
All in all, it was a hard run, but seriously enjoyable and fantastic to be outside yet again. I didn’t feel the cold at all, and I wasn’t too warm either, which is often a bigger problem with choosing clothes in this weather, so I guess I got it about right.
Another run planned for tomorrow morning, but the snow it due to be gone by then. I’ll believe it when I see it and will have my cold weather gear ready again.