Day 138 mile 138: Marble Run. For me one of the great things about running is the feeling of the motion through a landscape; the intense focus on each step, combined with the view 100 m. ahead and the awareness of the space for several miles around can be empowering and meditative in equal measure. Today’s run makes an inadvertent playground out of what is essentially a one mile loop, toying with gravity, potential energy and centrifugal force an awful lot like a marble run. Just like a marble run, it’s a lot more fun than it seems like it should be.
Starting along the high street the weather seems wonderfully settled to today, bright but not too hot. Running down the straight to gather momentum the route then dives down to the right. The path dips down a 15% hill before entering a set of switch backs that take us under the expressway. The noise of the lorries thumping across the joints in the overpass adding to the clattering too and for feeling of the downhill 180°s between the railings.
Once again out into daylight and continuing downhill on a long, sweeping concave of tarmac overlooking the sea (where the tide is almost in) and gaining yet more momentum before hitting the flat of the prom. This part hammers along the edge of the coast and car-park before it reaches the sailing club and starts a massive clockwise corkscrew; winding up the flyover over the expressway and back to the high street. By the time you get back to the top gravity has almost completely taken hold, but not quite 🙂
It was great fun and genuinely nice to see somewhere so familiar in a different and creative way.
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Distance: 1635.2 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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