This week the official training programme went to pot. I stopped all sprint interval training due to fears about my left achilles tender. I also went for a walk on Christmas Day and long walk on Boxing Day instead of running.
Run of the week was on New Year’s Day. The previous night I had been to an excellent party in Scredington Village Hall in Lincolnshire. A Roast beef dinner, desert and cheeses. All locally sourced fresh ingredients organised, cooked and served by members of the village hall committee followed by music and fireworks. I had left the car there so I planned to incorporate the weekly long run with picking it up (and getting rid of hangover).
My brother-in-law drew a map and I started from their house in Holdingden, Sleaford (very near the site of a Anglo-Saxon settlement). Across fields, and along first an old disused military railway line from RAF Cranwell to Sleaford, past allotments then along a dry river bed which turned into the River Slea (Rauceby Banks). Through the town centre past the Handley monument over the railway then to village of Silk Willoughby (see picture of church and the early blossom on the tree in front. Spring is on its way!)
Past an enclosured with tiny very cute Shetland foals and then a long steady run past flat fields into Scredington. A bit too long (1 hour 45 minutes) and too much hard surfaces but I was pleased that my achilles held out. A lovely part of the world. See pictures from run on Facebook here.
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