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Memory Lane

11 June 2011
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Heading home to my parents’ this weekend, I was looking forward to running down the road pictured above and out into the country. The scenery is probably nothing special to most people, but to me there’s a memory around each corner. On a sunny morning like this one, my spirits were lifted as high as the larks over the fields.

15 minutes in to the run, a Red Kite began circling overhead.

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As I passed by Ketton church and down over the river and out into open country, I decided to keep going and make it to Collyweston, 5 miles away from home. It’s at the top of a hill but the climb was worth it. When I got to the cottage below, I stopped to admire the garden (pant unattractively) for a minute then turned around and began the 5 miles home. I was 2 minutes faster on the return leg and by the end was running a good half-marathon pace.

As I dashed down streets I used to walk to school, I felt 18 years old and invincible. In the hallway mirror of my parents’ house, I saw an exhausted, red-faced, 35 year old woman.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 June 2011 12:52 am

    Wow. Again, such beautiful locations for running. Those roads look so narrow. Any problems dodging crazy drivers?

    • 13 June 2011 3:58 pm

      Luckily I’ve got the routes sussed so they’re quiet or wide enough to avoid having to jump into a hedge at the last minute. I think that was why I didn’t enjoy running in Cornwall – now those are some narrow roads. Where do you run?

  2. 14 June 2011 11:04 am

    I run through our neighborhood – not many other options. Its a fairly large, nice area, good mix of flat and hills, some nice country views. I need to map out some new areas, but its such a convenience to step outside the front door and just go.

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