Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Running in Mud can be like being in a Glam Rock Band

Little Horringer Farm
Mud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
So follow me follow, down to the hollow

And there let me wallow in glorious mud

I fancied a run off road this morning to make a chance from beating the pavements. Close by to where I live there if a farmers field that I often run around as I head out to Ickworth Park near Bury St Edmunds. However I haven't run this route for several months as I was injured with plantar fasciitis. 

This morning was lovely and bright for the first time during Janathon although there was a strong gusty wind as well. I made my first mistake by not wearing my Inov 8 roclite shoes which are ideal for cross country having good treads for grip. Instead I was wearing my normal road shoes a pair of Brooks Glycerin 7's.

Inov 8 Roclite
The field I normally run had been recently ploughed and after the melt of the snow fall the ground could only be described as sticky.
I then noticed that the footpath around the field had gone. Yes the farmer in his enthusiasm had  also ploughed up the former footpath that has been there for many years. This meant double the work and the uphill section of the run was on recently ploughed field.

I only got a short way before the layers of mud on the bottom of my shoes gave me a time warp moment back to the early 1970's as I could have been running with wedged high heel shoes on or have been in a glam rock band such as Slade. When did Noddy Holder have to run across a field! Specially for all you Janathoners the aptly named My Mama we're all crazy now- well we will be after 31 days of running.

I slowed to a crawl but breathing hard made it to the top of the field and after running through large puddles I had some respite with a downhill section where the path still remains.  

Just 3 miles today the mud was lovely but it was hard work.

Janathon totals to date are 

Janathon Day 1 - 5 miles
Day 2 - 5 miles
Day 3 - 4 miles
Day 4 - 4 miles
Total 21 miles


  1. Anonymous4:41 pm

    Another Flanders and Swann fan? Have you seen the lego gasman cometh on youtube?

  2. Anonymous9:22 pm

    My world seems to be nothing but platform rigger boots in the mud on site at the moment. I'm avoiding it in personal life so it doesn't become too much!
    Good running, by the way.


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