I’d never realised how much I take for granted the familiarity of running close to home.
I’m away with work in Swindon this week, and took my running gear to try and get some miles in my legs, but my run last night felt quite uncomfortable, and I think a big part of that was the fact I didn’t know where I was or where I was going. I’d scoped out a pathway running around a housing estate opposite my hotel, and figured it looked like a simple loop I could run round a couple of times, and indeed it was, but I grasped the route by luck rather than design and it was weirdly tough to hit my usual stride.
Of course, part of the issue might have been that I hadn’t recovered properly from Friday’s exertions in the Blaydon Race, but I do feel like the unfamiliarity was the biggest factor here.
Either way, I’m not too worried. I’m staying in a hotel for the week, and that never makes for the healthiest lifestyle, which of course will have an impact on my ability to do miles.
I guess the best way to view this short run is as a bonus, and to focus on getting some decent sessions in next week when I’m home.
Music: The Spook School – Dress Up