Portsdown Hill

Dream catch me ….. summed up my run today, I set out with a rough idea of what I had in mind and an hour and forty minutes later I found myself back home. When you tell people that don’t run how relaxing it can be they find this a difficult concept but that’s exactly how today turned out. After a stressful week I simply wanted to go out and run through some of my favourite local paths. I do hope the video gets across the sense of freedom and enjoyment that can be had from running through nature, whether that’s next to the water or through the fields and crops. The “earthy” smells, the warm breeze on your face, a bird of prey circling overhead … priceless. Paradise Lane lived up to its name too.

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Today wasn’t about pace, I stopped to take a photo or video when something interested me and in total did 10.6 miles. The route had an initial climb up Paradise Lane and then Portsdown Hill. I then added 4 short sharp hill reps of Portchester Lane from the farm entrance up to the signpost. Distance wise this is only about a third of a mile but with some 186 feet of elevation !! The steepest section is by the dairy which has been freshly painted and is on the video. If you click on this link Google Maps will transport you there, just click ahead and follow the cyclist.

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10.6 miles I hear you say, yes, the 10 was planned the 0.6 was a track on the outskirts of a field I haven’t run through before but it caught my eye and I’ve now got a good head start for my next run as I’m sure it connects with the Allen King Way that heads north west ultimately towards Winchester.

Today’s run was good for my legs after 36 miles two weeks ago but more importantly it was good for my soul 🙂 #happyrunning.

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