Well there are finally a few signs of summer appearing again! This week we had a little less rain and a lot more sun - thank goodness!
On Monday morning I decided to take advantage of the dry weather by running a new route which included cutting across a field of sheep. It was quite a good run, but when I got to the gate that lead into the field there was a sign saying Stick to the Footpath, but unfortunately I couldn't see a footpath! I knew which direction I wanted to go in though, so I aimed for that. The sheep ran off, and I stumbled over some bumpy bits of grass and mud.
It was a pretty good run, but there were some very soggy patches of grass and mud, which were almost like marshland. Although i tried to tread very carefully on these stretches, I ended up sticking my foot squarely in a stinky brown pond of mud and water. Yuck! Luckily there was no-one around to hear me swear. My left foot squelched all the way home and I'm not sure my trainers will ever be the same. I think I have a lot to learn about this off-road running stuff.
On Tuesday I had planned to go for a cycle, and I was really looking forward to it. However, I ended up getting a last minute opticians appointment, and as I couldn't seem to get an alternative date, I reluctantly went to get my eyes tested instead. The fact that the sun came out while I was in a little room reading out letters from a screen just made me more grumpy.
Later in the week, my parents were coming to visit for the weekend, so I managed to get myself out of bed early 2 mornings in a row, and ran on Weds and Thurs before the kids got out of bed. This meant I didn't lose out on mileage and could still be a good host!
The weather has really brightened up over the weekend, and we had a lovely day yesterday visiting a castle, going out for a big lunch and then heading to the beach. The kids even had a paddle in the sea, it was great.
This morning I had a little run to bring my week to 18.2 miles. A shame that I didn't fit any cycling in, but I'm hoping to get stuck into some good running and biking mileage over the next few weeks - especially if the weather stays good.