Because of the ample running time I got last year, and I knew there were several runners in the group, a group of us planned to run a race in the nearby town of Adderbury. The second Sunday was a fun day: group traveling, race, and a meal together. Four of us ran the half marathon, one ran the 5K, and one ran the 10K.
|Our Meeting Spot*|
|Typical cute English street|
That's right. There was a line to jump a fence. It turns out the route goes through several patches of private property so I ended up jumping several fences and gates.
The race was described as a trail run.
Yep, that was a correct description.
I'm so glad Erin took pictures along the race. She got some great shots.
There were maybe 3-5 miles total that were along a main road.
The rest was usually through forest areas and fields.
Paths like this had you basically running through the stalks. There was one point, I jumped the gate and the race marshall pointed in the direction I was supposed to run.
There was no path.
I asked him, "Over there?"
So I ran in that direction until I found some runners up ahead of me.
It was pretty hilly. We would call one of the hills I ran up a mountain here in Oklahoma.
|Check out the elevation gain.|
I enjoyed the run and was glad I got to run a race in England!
I was really thankful I had friends to join me for the race.
|Erin, Mark, Myron, April, me, and Dennis|
Some kindly Adderburian (or someone at the race) recommended a great place to eat over in a nearby town so we headed there after the race.
We weren't disappointed. Great ambience and yummy food!
I'm liking the training plan I am using so far. Now of course, ask me that after my race in October. For now, I am liking the built-in recovery weeks. I have a smaller distance for my long run every fourth week. I had a short 8-mile run to do the following weekend after the race which worked out well. We had a group tour all day on Saturday, and I took a day to rest and work a little on Sunday. It was easy to squeeze in a smallish long run that weekend.
Eleven of us traveled to Amsterdam together the next weekend. There weren't any races going on (I looked), but Myron and I got a 12-mile run in Saturday morning.
It was a direct path with pretty trees on both sides most of the time. Despite a little motorized bike traffic, it was pretty quiet.
|Had to stop and pose by the modern Dutch windmills.|
Part of the route was through the town by the serene canals and picturesque Amsterdam homes.
|My favorite doors in Amsterdam.|
|A tad tired after 12 miles.|
|Got another shorter run the next morning.|
Myron organized some speed work for April and I one day. After warming up, April and I ran ten uphill sprint repeats.
It was fun to stretch my legs and have something different to do even though the hill wasn't too steep.
My last run in Oxford was a long run. I was scheduled for 14 miles; it was my first time ever to run longer than the half marathon distance.
It began with a south run through town past Christ Church
and along part of the Thames I had never ran.
Then ended up circling back up north along the water towards Port Meadow...
...ran by the Old Nunnery one last time...
...and ended in Jericho.
It was a perfect way to end a month of a lot of running.
Approximately 126 miles of a lot of running.
*Many of these pictures were taken by other BTC peeps. Thankful for easy access to
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