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Alexandra W. ran: Sunday - just in time...
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- 12 miles
- 02:46 time
- 13:53 pace
- 2144 calories
Sunday - just in time to zap the zero! The part of this run I enjoyed most was walking in over Wigton Knowle. The bluebells were a dazzling dark lavender under the beech trees. Crossing the embankment for the first time, I found the swallows' frantic zizags equally dazzling. Returning an hour later, I was surprised to see none - they must have been on their way somewhere. However, the little flocks of young Duke of Edinburgh Award walkers kept on coming. How ill-equipped and ill-trained they looked, weighed down by huge rucsacs, often with additional kit falling off. Some in what looked like bedroom slippers, some in "proper" heavy leather walking boots that were probably giving them hell. Not one looked as if s/he was enjoying the experience, or would be keen to go walking again any time soon. Indeed, one group of very pretty girls was demanding to give up and be driven away by their harrassed teachers.
At 11.93 miles, I was debating with myself whether to stop at 12 or carry on, when violent cramp on the inside of my right thigh decided for me. I did wish I could round up to 12, but realistically was just glad when the agony abated to find I could walk slowly back towards my cached refreshments on Wigton Knowle.
Trudging along the busy A61 towards my bus stop I realised I was likely to miss my (half hourly) bus. Forgetting my recent cramp I sprinted and arrived with minutes to spare, my thigh just gently reminding me that it wasn't about to tolerate much more of that sort of thing. It was as if my leg knew the difference between running for the bus, which would save it as well as me 30 minutes of weary waiting, and the gratuitous running I usually inflict on it. I do hope cramp is not about to become a regular feature of my runs.