|"Stick to the roads"|
Wise words from Brian Glover's character in "An American Werewolf In London". I should have heeded this advice before setting of on today's run, but then it has provided me with something to add to the blog, other than "Run 14, 8.2 miles".
I started from home, then up the boat lane to Brun Clough, and met the Oldham Way over the tops, with usually a lovely view of Cattleshaw. Today it was wet and misty, so I saw nothing of the landscape, slipped more times than I should have and 3 miles in, was met with a worring sense that I was lost in the middle of the moors. A happy moment when I realised I was on the right path was short lived, when I noticed a large black cow grazing on the footpath. Whilst working out how to get round him, my attention was arrested by the site of one of his comrades lying down a couple of yards in front of me.
Hi-Viz jackets are very useful, however totally inapproriate when you want to disappear from the view of two curious and grumpy looking cows. I stopped in my tracks and the one closest to me suddenly stood up, and with a swish of his tail, I headed for the nearest wall and changed my route pronto.
I usually do this route with my friend and running partner, Patrick who is laid up with a virus, so he luckly missed out on this afternoon's bovine antics. I decided to switch from the roads to the fells at the weekends to run on a variety of surfaces and take a break from pounding the same pavement. I've no regrets about this and plan to go over towards Dove Stone Res tomorrow.
My trusty GPS told me I completed 8.2 miles. The credit for these extra miles I completed goes to Carolyn for making me the smoothie of all smoothies before I set off.