April 16th 2017
Today I went for a run along the cliff-face in Swanage. We come here with Alice’s family every year for the Easter weekend. We’re spending the week here – we got here yesterday and we’re staying until Saturday.
I woke up at 7am to go for a run on the beach. I haven’t been able to run for a few days because I fell over on my ankle at football on Tuesday, but I’d been really looking forward to going for a seafront run this morning. I got up, headed towards the sea, and then just ran with the sea on my left for as far as I could.
That’s one of the many good things about running at the seaside – it’s basically impossible to get lost. On the way out, keep the sea on your left, and on the way back, keep the sea on your right.
The other good thing about running at the seaside: the views.
It’s really, really easy to keep running when you’re running alongside the English coastline.
I didn’t know how far I was going to run when I set out, but I got 4, 5, 6km out and decided I didn’t want to turn back yet. So I didn’t. I just kept going. In the end, I turned back at 8km.
I eventually ran out of beach and pathway, and the last few kilometres I was just scaling steep and rocky cliff-faces. That made it pretty difficult to run with any sort of pace, but it was difficult enough anyway.
All in, it was almost 15km – almost 10 miles. And I loved it. When I went out, it seemed like I was the only person in Swanage who was awake. I didn’t see a human until like mile five. Early morning sunrise beach run. Days don’t start much better than that.
My day ended pretty well as well, actually…
Basically my ideal dinner is a mezze/antipasti board for starter, and then a lamb shank for main.
Until tomorrow, that’s as good as it gets…
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