Day 247 Mile 247: Winding Down from the Weekend. The first Monday in September has arrived and like many people it finds me staggering around the house in the early morning, wondering for the first time in a while if it would help to turn the light on in order to find a pair of socks! While the change of seasons is by no means total, it has gone with a noticeable click in the last fortnight and now seems to oscillate on an almost daily basis between a valiant attempt at the end of summer and a fairly average winter’s day.
With a view to time moving on, I have taken myself to the Treborth Athletics Track to run today’s mile around the purpose built 400m oval. This is partly to see if I have got quicker over the last few months, and partly in order to go past the Botanic Gardens that line the drive, in order to see what the changing seasons have developed.
Many of the plants in the garden have grown noticeably since I was last here and the desiccating effect of autumn does not seem to have yet set in, lending a feel of manicured rain-forest growth as the various shades of green reach up for the overcast sky.
The track itself is completely deserted. This silent, almost post-apocalyptic feel is heightened by the fact that a thin frosting of sand has blown in from the sea, meaning that every footfall seems to reverberate with a crackle or a crunch.
Personally I am not that keen on track running, largely because I am not particularly fast, have a relatively low pain threshold and get bored easily. However today was quite good fun, having the relatively short target of a mile to aim for, with the added frisson of wondering if the zombie apocalypse had finally broken out!
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: 1637.8 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!
P.S. Yes I had got quicker 🙂