I really enjoyed my recent #run10kadayinmay challenge. Over a month on, the habit’s stuck and I’m still running loads.
Whilst that’s great, most of my recent runs have been in and around Cardiff city centre. And as lovely as Cardiff’s parks and river trails are, trail running they ain’t. Work’s also been getting on top of me a bit recently, so I needed to mix things up a bit and blow away the cobwebs. What I needed was a midweek adventure!
My plan for a midweek adventure was simple: finish work, head somewhere I’d never been before and go trail running.
I started looking at maps for inspiration, but a chat with a friend ultimately decided the destination. And that place was the hills above Llangattock, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. I’d heard the area was pretty awesome, and I was intrigued to go and have a nose.
Every adventure involves a bit of faff. For this midweek excursion, that was food and changing clothes. After work, I headed to a well known (and posh) supermarket, bought a load of snacks and stuffed the lot in the car park. Dinner sorted.
Next, I had to get out of my work threads and into running gear. In the back of my car. This is an ongoing palava where I get easily riled. Two things are guaranteed: swearing and a total loss of dignity.
It didn’t start well. In a hurry, I’d printed out a terrible map which came out as a stretched image. I tried to follow the rights of way marked on it, but quickly wound up lost and disorientated.
Sod it. I ditched the map. All I had to do was get to the top of the hill in the distance. Easy! Except, it wasn’t. It was 30*C and being a total amateur running up hills, I really struggled.
Hot, bothered and completely out of breath, I eventually reached the top. Wow. I was looking over Middle Earth.
The long and short of it is…
My midweek adventure was amazing, and left me wondering why I don’t do them more often.
Before, I was feeling uninspired running the same inner-city routes, and work and other stuff was getting on top of me. But just a few hours in the great outdoors and I felt rejuvenated.
So where next? I’m busy planning an adventure run through the South Wales valleys. I just need to make sure I take a decent map.