SDW Winchester Hill – towards Butser & back – 14/2/15

This is my first Blog post and I’m doing it as a record of why running isn’t my hobby, it’s my passion. My girls would say “Blah, blah, blah” and “if it makes you happy Dad” but they are always interested to hear what I’ve been up to and yes it does make me happy ūüôā

Starting from the Old Winchester Hill car park on a damp morning the 13 miles of mud and hills were defiantly testing and ultimately a guide to my fitness. The rain easing off after the first couple of miles had only topped up the saturated fields and tracks. The going was heavy underfoot to say the least and this did mean the pace had to drop mainly to stay upright in some places.

There’s quite a mixtures of muddy downhill, farmyard roads, chalky climbs and boggy sections to enjoy so, you do have to concentrate. Running off road isn’t about pace,¬†I’ve found out to my pleasure, that it’s more about finding out about yourself. The¬†early morning birds, the sights, sounds and smells of the county side (both good and bad) all¬†bombard your senses at a time when your heart is pumping and¬†your lungs are working hard, you quite simply feel “alive”.

The mud up the back of your legs and the water in your shoes are badges of achievement any scout would be proud of.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†This is why¬†“irunoffroad”…. Happy running ….. Roger T

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