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running Richmond Park

18 October 2012 1,245 views No Comment

Yay, at last, I got myself here for a run. I wished I had longer but an hour to get lost n muddy would have to do. Turned out I only needed eight minutes to get muddy; running right beside this little stream there was a bit of scrambling, crawling and splatting. And this is especially why I wanted to run here – from the road, on my bike, I had no idea this stream was here. Wicked, hello. Oh yes, and hello lots of crazy dogs on the loose, Fenton.? ha ha.

Over the road and up a smaller track for a bit then I ploughed into a wide, soft, loose, muddy bridle path that went slightly uphill to a big area with lots of brown ferns. Running on this crumbly earth reminded me of soft sand running, each stride takes more effort that you expect it will need.

Across another track and into some wooded area. There were a few people around here, I think we were all hoping for the same – solitude. A few more turns onto smaller pathways, around fallen logs & trunks, and I was on my own which was nice, but sort of spooky too (y’know.?) and then I saw a heap of deer in the trees which was wonderful. Carrying on along the path there were some deer up really close, and this is something else you can’t really experience on the bike, so I really enjoyed that.

I’d been wondering about what to wear, because it’s getting colder, but not yet properly cold. 3/4 leggings were fine but I wish I’d gone for the Vibrams instead of regular trainers because it was dry & warm enough for it (they’re hopeless in proper sogginess).

Another incline and then there were a few options: a wide, grassy avenue or smaller, sheltered paths of that main one. I gave the grassy section a crack for a while, and followed it up to one of the Park buildings. I have no idea which building. Richmond Park does confuse me, but then so does Clapham Common, and once I ‘famously’ got utterly lost in a tiny grid system in Costa Rico. So, it was a nice relief to realise I’d found my way around quite sensibly, coming past the building, through some woods and a little hop back to the stream and my car park. Woo!

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