I’d really like to run along the hill I can see from outside my house. It looks free. I like to be alone on the top of a hill, to gaze far, far into the distance and know that I’m alone. In the same way a tall person might relish unfolding their body after an economy flight, somehow from a hill top you can unfold your mind, your ego, your presence, or whatever it is I don’t know, but you can let it just occupy the space it wants to without being hemmed in by anyone else.
I have been studying the landscape and circling this hill like a predator. As I driving around the area I’m checking out the hills, looking for paths roads and landmarks I’ve seen on the map.
A couple of weeks ago I went up to the eastern aspect to the Nick of Pendle but the path didn’t run along the top and quickly came down the side back to the village. I’ve been studying the map and it looks like there’s a wall along the top but no path. If I want to do a circular route I’m going to have to go over the hill then run along the other side to the nick of Pendle then over the hill again and back. I think I need to allow 3 hours for this so it has to be a weekend.
last weekend I did park run so I didn’t have time for the hill too. This weekend there’s the usual on the agenda, house work and chores, sorting out the boy. I’m pleased that we have found a non computer based pastime for him – sailing. It’s the only thing apart from computer games, tv and reading that he seems to have any enthusiasm for so I want to encourage him. Hence we were at sailing club on Friday night until the sun went down and I’d promised him Sunday afternoon also.
I suppose that in my head I had it that I would tackle the hill this weekend. Hubs is on call so it’s a weekend at home for us. After Saturday am chores however, I fell asleep in the afternoon! So no run, obviously tired! On Sunday I was dipping in and out of people’s blogs between housework.
First I popped into slow running girls blogiversary party. She has been such an inspiration to me, encouraging me to keep up my slow running. Then I caught up with Annie,the unsportywomencanrun who just keeps going and has achieved amazing results. I realised that in my head I was in danger of not going for a run because I didn’t have 3 hours to do my hill route. However, if I stopped reading blogs and drinking tea I did would have time to do my usual 5 k – so I dropped everything and went IMMEDIATELY! It was lovely, virtually no traffic and just the sound of the wind in the trees. Thank you Annie!
After that, I took joe to sailing club. It was however very windy with wind speeds of 35mph over the reservoir. We watched some of the senior members race but as a beginner Joe was advised to stay onshore today. So our visit cut short we came home – and I realised that I had time to go up the hill! Not to do the circuit, but I reccied the paths on the western aspect ready for when I do.
Next week I’m looking forwards to doing the whole circuit on sunday😊