The Deer Runner

The Deer Runner

Sunday, 29 January 2012

2nd week done

Florence and the Machine belted out You've Got the Love as I approached the trail. I startled a buzzard which spread its wings and rose into the air, perching a safe distance from the maniac with the silly grin on his face. This is why I run, the endorphins had kicked in and there was only me, Florence, the buzzard and the North East countryside.

Earlier, I wanted to leave about 0930 for the run. It was nearer 1100 when I eventually left due to messing around and photographing Deer roaming through woods accross from my house. The Braes are 6 miles from my house, so with 12 miles of tar and only 3 miles of trail I had to take road shoes. On leaving, I scoffed at the Aberdeen radio station reporting cloud and rain as it was a beautiful morning outside.

6 miles of road later the weather turned, rain hail and sleet hit as I reached the Braes. No worries though as I was well kitted out. I decided to eat half way which turned out to be squirrel bridge which crosses the river Ythan. I opened a Muller Rice and began eating with a plastic spoon. Rather than stand around, I decided to walk and eat. Mounting the steps onto the bridge I noted the ice coating the stones and thought I better take care. I crossed the bridge, rice in one hand, plastic spoon in the other and reached the steps to decend off the bridge. Completely ignoring my own warning, I stood on the steps and all hell broke loose.
The rice and spoon went flying as reflexes took control of legs from my brain. Scooby Doos legs spin fast to get away from ghosts, mine were doing the same to try and keep upright. It was over in a flash, I somehow ended up off the steps, on my feet and half way to doing the splits. If I was on Dancing on Ice I would have scored a maximum six from all the judges. A quick check around saw no-one in the vincinity so my pride was intact. I scooped up what was left of the rice from the frozen mud and was on my merry way.

So, two weeks in and I am happy enough with the way things are going.

SAT 6.80 miles 1.03.10 SUN 14.92 miles 2.35.43  Weekly total 37 miles.

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