At about 9 pm England-time on Tuesday, I grabbed my non-virtual partner, laced up my running shoes, and hit the road for the latest installment of virtual training. Crunchy husband and I don’t run at night very often, so it’s always fun to have these opportunities to go out when the world’s chillin’ at a slower pace. The air was cool, and felt fresh– the farmers were watering the fields next to our path.
It was a pretty uneventful run, which I think is what we both needed, quiet time to decompress from the day. We simply ran from our house down to the Monkton roundabout and back along the fields. At one point a bat fluttered by. It could’ve been a black bird, but we decided it was a bat because a) it sounds cooler and b) with a bat cave about a quarter of a mile from where we were, it was certainly possible. On the way home, a hunting kitty looked up at us, annoyed. I think he thought we were going after his mouse in the field. We passed as quickly as possible, which at that point wasn’t very quickly at all, so he could get back to work.
The best part of the run was the sky. I like to run with my camera, but I didn’t on Tuesday because I figured it was going to be dark, and it’d be a waste of energy. Oh mama, was I mistaken! The artist JMW Turner once said, “the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe.” I haven’t visited too many places in Europe, but let me tell you, the sunsetting skies where I live now are something else. The dusky sky on Tuesday made me regret my decision not to bring the camera. The pink strips of cloud and jet stream glowed in the wake of the setting sun. It was beautiful. (Sunsets are probably the only time you’ll hear me use “beautiful” and “pink” in the same description.) It was the perfect cap to a peaceful and calming jaunt out.
Virtual Training Run# 6 Stats:
Distance: 4.0 miles (no 10k for us at 9 pm!)
Pace: 9:06 min/mile
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