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.

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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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