Day 144 Mile 144: Looping the Loop. There is something quite alluring about the idea of doing things ‘properly’, even if you know in your heart of hearts that it is not necessarily the best way! Having done quite a bit of running lately that has been; up and down hills, longer distances, off road or in silly footwear, I decided on a whim to go and run a mile around a proper athletics track.
I am well aware that there are many, many people out there (especially in the fell and mountain racing community) who would say that running on a track really does not reflect many of the nuances of the sport, but oddly having grown up in a time when baring the London Marathon track racing was pretty much the only running widely shown in the media it still retains a certain buzz.
There is a definite feel to it as a place, much like going onto a stage as a musician or laying the first hand at the start of a route for a mountaineer there is a small pit of the stomach excitement which you just don’t get by putting your running shoes on and simply stepping out of the front door.
It’s a lovely quiet day, absolutely bone dry although rather hot and apart from one other person (obviously out simply doing a few laps just as I was) the place was completely deserted. It’s a very interesting feeling being amid this architecture and facilities so many worlds, but only one sidestep away from that which I exist in. I must admit though by the third lap of four it was becoming a bit dull!
I still managed to go (just) under my target time though 🙂
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1629.6 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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