An exciting and adventurous way to cover new routes is to jump on a train. On Saturday I had planned to do a 2:40 plus trail run. I was 12 miles from home in 15 minutes in a town called Wareham, on the North East edge of the Purbeck region.
The Purbeck way and Hardy trail are easy to navigate, linking all the major towns of this area.
The trails are relevant for my upcoming race however it has helped to strengthen my body and running form for fast flat road sessions.
Pacing through the fields, rollercoaster trailways and steep hills. The session was pronounced like a fartlek, the perceived exertion and surroundings dictating the pace rather than the watch.
I'm always thinking ahead a few miles to sustain confidence in the chosen pace. Visualising success, also remembering some 'sorry' states of the past to ensure they are avoided. A 3 hour bout over the hills is a privilege, not a chore.
Preparing for a long endurance 'ultra' race has to be fun. The training sessions themselves are quite long. Never taken seriously. Always with respect. Forever with appreciation.
Try a trail. You won't know...
Best in training