Stars & Garters with Toast
Managed to wangle an early finish from work today to get myself back to the house in time for a nice steady run in the sun. Deviated from my plan to do some strides and instead opted for a steady 8 around the Strid. Legs feeling tired still but are improving with each day so hope I'll be up for a good quality efforts session early next week before a workout race at the Salford 10k. Plans to run the Northerns on Sunday are looking decidedly dodgy after two team mates have had to pull out with injury problems. I'm still hopeful but awaiting the club decision. It'll be disappointing not to get a team out as this will be first chance I've had to compete in open team competition for the club since joining in December. All digits crossed.
Ran the Strid all alone. Had the beautiful place all to myself with the exception of a couple of herons and a beautiful young buck that crossed my path (not the Johnny Depp kind-I wish!). The place felt alive with wildlife after a day of picnickers and human intrusions. Managed to keep heart rate to an even, aerobic endurance zone 3 though a few spikes appeared when the undulations reminded me of last week's half marathon. Came home ready for a satisfying snack and invented a new combo; juicy ripe tomatoes on doorstep thick toast drizzled with garlic & chilli oil. Woohoo! What a treat of a snack, recommended with a sprinkle of sea salt. Now just the pudding to think about... we might need another trip to Lidl this weekend... only 2 choco softies left.