Today was all about an experiment......
What would happen if I walk/ran my normal route but in reverse?
No I don't mean running backwards!
Just set off as normal but run down my hill nemesis instead of trying to run up it at the end of my run.
Well firstly, the bit before the hill seems to be a lot longer than I remember, making me thing when I get to the top of the hill normally I have lost all sense of direction and of the real world. Secondly the hill does look just as steep on the way down as it does on the way up!
I was careful not to over do things, I knew there would be a temptation to blast down the hill and then pay the price on my knees. So steady pace was maintained.
I have checked my map against the normal route and I can see my pace was a lot more steady, less green bits but much more yellow...and from what I can see the only red bits was where I was waiting to cross the road. Even with very little traffic around I still had to wait for probably the only car on the road.
Anyway the result: time reduced to 37:20 - thats more than 3 minutes faster than the other direction
I made sure I updated my record on my Movembers Miles for Mates tracker, and noted I moved up the board by quite a few places.....yeah Go Me!!
Movember is working to support guys in their communities with resources and advice to look after themselves and each other, it is so important to look after both your physical and mental health.
You can join the challenge at thefixevents.com/movembers-miles-for-mates
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.