I’ve come to the conclusion that it the summer it’s better to stick to roads and parkways. The local trails in Spring and autumn are lovely, even in winter I don’t mind the mud and the frost can be beautiful, but Summer?
Most of the places I run are footpaths going through farmland. In the good weather the animals are out. I’m happy to dodge cow pats and the like but in the hot weather these are crusted with flies and any movement nearby gets them swarming. I can’t stand flies. Along the waterside the vegetation is lush, crowding the path up to shoulder height and some of those plants are noxious with sap that can cause burns (giant hogweed). Enough is enough. For July and August I will be an urbanite, seeking out roads and manicured parks.
I may also be a cyclist.
We’ve just got back from one of those ‘activity’ holidays where I did some trail cycling. I was v apprehensive, having never really cycled as a child or at any other time of life! But the bikes supplied were easy to use, the terrain was pretty flat and there was little traffic on the roads so it built up my confidence. I actually bought a cycle a couple of years ago but got punctures on my first outing and then again on my second! At the time the neighbours had builders in so there may just have been a lot of debris on the road. I fixed them (punctures not neighbours) yesterday so I might try an outing later.
June has been more about ‘activity’ rather than running. I’m doing well with taking the stairs at work but otherwise it’s been a full on life of work, mothering, school events and socialising. Will the summer holidays bring a routine more conducive to running or cycling? Time will tell.