We recently went away for a weekend to the lovely coastal town of Sidmouth in Devon. As always, when we go away I take my running gear with me just in case I get a chance to stretch my legs.
My lovely wife is a serial napper, she loves a little sleep in the afternoon and sometimes even a big sleep, and it was whilst she napped that I took the chance to run down to the seafront and along the awesomely named Jurassic coast. I figured there’s always some kind of coastal path to run along, so I’d do just that.
I’m training towards a trail 100km in less than two months (terrifying how close it is!) and thought some time on the trails and hills would do me good. Sadly I wasn’t prepared at all for the types of hills on what turned out to be a 10mile run. 2hrs 7mins later and I was back at the hotel with aching quads. Having done a sub 1:40 half marathon, to run 3 miles less in nearly 30 mins more was a lesson I learned the hard way. The elevation profile below speaks volumes.
I’ve never exceeded 2000 feet elevation, even on 20mile+ runs. To break 3000 in 10miles was a challenge. I did as much power-walking up as I did jogging down the hills or on the flat but it was definitely a positive experience and some of the views were stunning! I’ll leave you with some selected views from the beautiful coastal trail.