Sore knees and parental obligations meant that running this weekend was curtailed to a, mainly off road, hilly 8 plus miles on Saturday afternoon. Starting on the Derwent Walk at Hamsterley before dropping down into Lintzford then up through Chopwell Woods, before dropping down again and passing through Blackhall Mill. It was then along the valley side and through the bluebell woods before going up the Chare into Ebchester. This was followed by a climb back up to the Derwent Walk, followed by a climb up through the Dene and over the fields to Allendale Cottages, before dropping down to High Westwood and then a climb back up to Medomsley. For a map of run see www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3806850 .
As for the retail therapy, well that was Anita's influence. Doing the Blaydon Race has got her all enthused about running again. And (of course) this necessitates new shoes, top etc. This therefore meant a visit to Start Fitness in Newcastle and since we were going down to Preston to move Francesca's belongings out of the Halls at UCLAN a trip to the New Balance factory shop at Shap.
At least we MIGHT look the part this summer!
When I am co-opted into moving Francesca back down to Preston in September I hope to link the trip up to doing a race in the area. If anyone has any suggestions as to a good race, please let me know - Thanks!