I realised this evening that I hadn’t run for a whole week. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to run. On the contrary, I would have loved to have escaped from the chaos of packing and cleaning and working, but moving to a new flat is pretty exhausting when you’re doing it on your own. I even used public transport instead of my usual foot commute today, which I haven’t done in over a year!
Still, now that I have moved all of my stuff and done most of what I have to do to sort out the old flat, I decided to get moving and go for a run.
My new flat is a little bit further from the beach than the old one, but as it was getting dark by the time I was ready to go out, I figured that the seafront was still my best option. I did, however, start my run before I got that far and soon remembered why I like to run on the promenade. No traffic to slow me down! Still, as I hadn’t run for a week, I wasn’t going to worry about improving my pace. I just wanted to get out there and run the 2.5 miles for Week 7 of C25K.
When I got to Hove Lawns, I noticed that there weren’t too many people on the grass, probably because it was starting to get dark and it isn’t as warm as it has been. There were a few dog walkers and runners around, so I decided to join them on the lawns rather than run on the promenade itself.
I’m not sure what I expected, but apart from a few bumps around the paths, the lawns felt pretty good to run on. Slower, yes, but somehow easier on my legs. It probably has something to do with the softer surface having less impact on the joints – or at least that’s what I’m hoping. I often experience some pain in my right hip after I’ve been running, so time will tell if running on the grass helps or not.
Either way, it was fun trying something different.
Have you tried running on different surfaces? How does it affect your pace? Does it help with running related injuries? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.