There is nothing that bores me more than a flat, straight stretch of road when it comes to running. I’m not someone that thrives on knowing I can bash out mile after mile at exactly the same pace and run in exactly the same way to achieve this each time.
I much prefer hilly routes, bendy routes and running off road. Yes, I did just say I prefer hills to flat! I know hills aren’t for everyone but I love the adrenaline of pushing myself up the hill and then allowing myself to relax and let my legs glide along on the ride back down. If I can see for miles into the distance on a run I get bored. I don’t want to know what I’m going to see on my run a mile before I ever get there. And I absolutely adore the child-like carefree running that involves scrambling up banks and splashing through the muddy puddles which are most often found with trail running.
Tonight I headed out for a run on my own.
At night when I run on my own I don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to where to go. A lot of the routes I run from home are off-road and if I want to stay in a street-lit area I’m limited to running around the outskirts of town (about a three mile route). Fine to run once but I object to repeating it several times over to get in a long run at night. I don’t have any issues running in the dark but I’m not sure that heading out on a long run on my own past daylight hours is the safest move with the world the way it currently is, so I tend to stick to 3-4 miles around the outskirts of town and through some sidestreets to make up any extra mileage.
Today I decided I was going to make it more interesting by running one mile steady, one mile tempo, one mile very easy and another mile tempo.
I returned to find Dan had been experimenting in the kitchen and had made me a burger (which was actually a mushroom!)
I made a real effort at lunch today as well after making do with a Cuppa Soup and some tangerines yesterday. My lunchbox contained a large salad made up of leaves, cherry tomatoes, mushroom, orange pepper, a carrot and a few chunks of cheddar cheese.
…although more on that another day.
I popped onto the nakd website earlier this evening after enjoying my mushroom burger as I knew nakd were promoting Veganuary – going vegan for January. I have no intentions of going completely vegan, but at the same time it’s no secret that I tend to enjoy vegetarian or vegan dishes much more than I do meat ones. Every time I have a delicious meal I feel all enthused about trying out some new recipes and that’s where I am right now.
How do you mix your running routines up?
Are you a nakd bar fan?
Do you eat vegan foods? If so, please share your favourite vegan meals with me!