This weekend I had planned to either go to parkrun on Saturday or get out early for a 5K this morning, but it didn’t happen. This was partly due to being a bit tired after launching myself back into training this week, and partly due to the fact that it’s getting a bit too hot to run after 9:00 am.
However, I did manage to get out this evening once the temperature dropped a little bit. My plan was to run/walk the 5K to try to get used to the distance again, but also to up the ratio to 4:1 instead of 3:1, which went much better than I’d expected.
Although it was still very sunny down on the promenade, the temperature felt just about right and there was a bit of a breeze to keep things comfortable. As soon as I hit the seafront though, I realised why I prefer running in the morning to running in the evening – fewer people around!
Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing a people out and about while I’m running, but it can get busy down there in the summer which can be a bit annoying when you have to negotiate other pedestrians and small children with wheels. And don’t get me started on running through the smoke from the BBQ bins!
This evening though, it wasn’t too bad. In fact, the atmosphere was kind of fun. There were plenty of runners out as usual, but it was also nice to see a small group of adults learning to roller blade and a even a grown woman learning how to ride a bike.
The best part though, was at the end of the first kilometre when I had to run past some buskers. It was really nice hearing music that wasn’t coming through headphones and, for a brief moment, it reminded me of the live music at the Brighton Marathon.
Just a brief moment though. I’m not ready to sign up for another race just yet!
How’s your training going? How does the change in weather affect your favourite running routes? Please share your thoughts in the comments.