Inspired by the Saucony Runaways I thought I would share, one of my favourite running routes in West Yorkshire. I feel extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful county with a variety of different scenery from the dales to coastal.
Rolling hills, dry stone walls, woodland and farm land were just some of the stunning views on offer for today’s run.
Today was my first Sunday long run back, after my end of season break, and to help me round, my training bud Nick Hardy joined me. I was glad to have him there, to drag me up a couple of the particularly steep hills that we have in abundance here in Yorkshire.
This is the first year, where Coach Thomas and I have decided that I should continue to keep in touch with some easy running during my ‘athlete break’.
Previous years, at the end of my season, I haven’t ran a step for 2 – 3 weeks and have then found it really tough to get back into training, without picking up an injury. For me, ‘switching off’ from being an athlete is more important and over the last fews weeks all discipline around my diet, sleeping and daily strict routines have gone out the window. I even stayed up past midnight one night! Wild.
For the last couple of weeks I’ve enjoyed just running for fun, without wearing my garmin or worrying about what route to run. I’m back wearing the garmin now and avoiding tree roots and will begin to increase my mileage gradually over the next few weeks.
Before Christmas I like to run on more challenging, hilly routes to toughen me up and hopefully prepare me to compete in some cross country races, all being well. Believe it or not, I actually love cross country and have missed competing on it over the last few years.
I’m pleased and excited with starting this winter with some fitness and hope to train even better this winter and compete more. Prevoius years I have struggled to put back to back seasons together and this is another reason why we have decided to keep some running in during my ‘athlete break’.
As I build up the miles and start to bring in some sessions I’ll keep you updated and hopefully have some cross country race results to report back on, as long as I have the energy to do so.
Both Nick and I are rocking the best mileage shoe out there; the Saucony Triumph ISO 2
Click on the images to check out the Saucony apparel we were wearing