Ten glorious miles

Posted on December 24, 2011 by Chris Baynham-Hughes

A perfect start to the day. A lie in courtesy of the outlaws* then a quick drive to Delamere forest for a ten miler to test the ankle. I was all over the place, holding back against my instincts to run wildly around the paths. I could feel myself straining at the leash, but better to be safe than push myself back another month.

I don’t know the trails around Delamere very well so I had a number of occasions where I thought, “Hmmm, I’ve been here before!” but every step was just fantastic. I didn’t go too easy on myself and did go off the paths onto the more disrupted trails, but the ankle gave me no problems at all. A run to the top of the hill at Eddisbury and I found myself surrounded by about 40 kids from the Vale Royal running club out which was fantastic to see.

Everything went right and the early morning sun through the trees was spectacular. I am so lucky to leave near such great trails. I’m still trying to work out how I sneak in a run on Christmas day – I want to be there when Rhys wakes up so an early morning mission is out, but maybe when the afternoon nap kicks in for everybody I’ll venture out with a full stomach and a soaring soul. Onwards and upwards!

* Laura went in to get Rhys up to be told, “Oh, I  want Grandpa!” – I get this most mornings but substitute Grandpa for Mummy.

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