Well on Saturday morning you would be right to say ‘No’ but as I debated on rain jacket or running top as I prepared for my longest run (16 miles) the short stop in the proceedings were exactly that, and the intermission in the weather pattern that had allowed the short spell in the sun to shine through the breaks in cloud were very soon side lined into the wrings as the star of show came back for yet another rendition of his favourites even tho I doubt the audience didn’t call for it. It was now or never that I had to leave so decided that I would have to embark on a run where getting wet would be a very high possibility.
Within mile 2 the showers had retired to their dressing room and the show was continued with Mr Sun, which was not welcomed by myself as I started to sweat in my warm rain jacket. For this long run I decided the canal network would help with the old mileage and so set out along the Bridgewater canal to join the River Irwell towards Lowry and Old Trafford. The idea did not help with mileage, Manchester is a large place with very small miles. Running from Manchester City to Bolton seems a long way but when you map it out it proves a rather disappointing 8 miles. To get any kind of long runs you need to include looping back on yourself to cover the foolish miles you’ve agreed to achieve in your head. This run to Old Trafford needed to snake around the estates at the Quays and then double back to Manchester City Stadium to even attempt to reach my 16 mile target.
The entire run as I said in the previous blog was long and took in both football stadiums. The trouble was the weather was warming and I started to question if Spring was here.
On the tow path I did spy some daffs peeking their heads up through the long grass, and being a runner of morning, noon and night I have been finding that temperatures are on the up. So just as I got use to wearing me tights in public, it seems I may need to pack them away as I believe Spring is here which I understand for many a part time runner will be a welcome relief or for those who are running for fitness but I’m not nipping out for 30 minutes I’m what you would call a hard core runner. I’m up at dawn and I run in all conditions, I’m running for 3 hours and the thought of sustaining that routine in warmer temperatures does not agree with me.
When I was training for the Great North, there was a training day of 16 degrees, where I sweated the whole ten miles of my run and prayed that the day itself would be cooler. There is after all a reason why Marathons and Half Marathons are not scheduled for the warmer periods of our climate.
So is spring here? Is my training going to become warmer? If the towpath is right, then I would say spring is just around the corner.