Overall today was definitely challenging! Without company, or much sunshine, it was always going to be a different experience to yesterday’s run with Andy! The first section was mainly about navigating around the A1, a major motorway that runs from north to the south of England. The second part of the day seemed to involve climbing out of the River Don valley before reaching the final port of call, Worksop.
Last night Mum and I stayed in a Travelodge that seemed in the perfect location for the day’s starting point. And it was, but the A1 was in the middle of everything and everywhere we wanted to go! However we made our way around it, and I ran over it – and eventually after a few miles it felt like I was heading south again – rather than east or west!!
Luckily today did have in store the first off-road section, which I was quite excited about! Picking up a bridleway through fields provided a refreshing change to tarmac road surfaces – even if it was muddy and you had to be careful not to step on the wintergreens!!
The next major village on the route was Sprotbrough, a small but historic location in Yorkshire dating back to the 1600s. Then it was down to the River Don, where riverboats were parked up along the banks of a side channel. The climb out of the river valley proved tough, and then it was a gradual climb through the communities surrounding the village of Edlington that had grown with the development of coal mining. I eventually arrived in Maltby, met up with the support vehicle and dived in the leisure centre for a pit stop!
Unfortunately today my knees have been pretty sore, which I think is due to a slight change in my running form and style over the last few days. But some K-tape, advice from a range of people (thanks Andy, Georgie & Si) and plenty of ice & rest tonight I think is already helping. Yoga has also been to the rescue – opening up my hips and stretching out the glutes. It’s going to be a constant battle over the next week – helping the body to counteract the miles. Today’s total was roughly 24miles, bringing the overall total of the trip so far to 104miles. Tomorrow takes us to Southwell in Nottinghamshire – Robin Hood country!!
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