This week brought a different kind of running TRAIL running. This is in a nutshell off road running.
This particular run I do is very taxing as there huge hills and an uneven track to follow so one mile tends to feel like two. The scenery is stunning, however, following the cliffs along a rugged coastline so it's well worth it. I was in my most favourite part of the country, Cornwall, all week, however family commitments were forcing me to get most of my running done during the week.
One tip I would give to anyone who starts running marathons is plan your runs. If I don't get the quota of miles I want to do in, I feel I'm slacking. Having a busy life on top of that makes me have to be organised otherwise I feel I will lose precious training if I don't get 40-50 miles a week done. So this week I started with a morning five mile run and an evening eight mile trail run along the Cornish paths. This was completed Mon, Tues and Wed. Thursday I rested and Friday morning was an early start and I ran 13 miles along the coastline.
One great thing about trail running, there's no time schedule, no PB to beat. It's just you soaking in the surroundings you are in. Sounds cheesy but enjoying nature and enjoying your running. When I'm road running I always seem to be beating myself up about my time, keeping an eye on my watch. When it comes to finishing and I'm a couple of minutes behind, I’m not happy and don't recognise the fact I've just run ten miles - it’s crazy! Another tip to runners: Throw the damn watch away sometimes so you can enjoy your runs much more.