Today my plan called for 15 miles of rolling trail. Lacking time and inspiration, I opted for 5 laps of the Banstead Woods Nature Trail, though I did change direction each lap to keep things interesting.
It turns out that the signposting only works if you tackle the trail anticlockwise. Things like that baffle me*. Add an extra little disc to each post and you’d have a marked trail that would work in either direction. Granted, if you choose to go round clockwise you have slightly steeper ups and slightly shallower downs, but it would still be a perfectly walkable route.
Barring a few navigational errors on the first of the reverse laps, it all went very smoothly. My new soft flask worked a treat (especially once I worked out how to use my not-buff to attach it to my hand). I passed my car every three miles, so didn’t need to carry more than one bottle at a time (and in fact ditched everything for the last lap). But best of all, the rolling was limited to the beginning and end of each lap, giving me ample opportunity to practise some of the drills from Tuesday’s running technique workshop.
I’ll be a running goddess yet.
*As do John Lewis playing cards which remain stubbornly right handed, in contrast to most other playing cards on the market.