|The Deco Pub in Portsmouth where our planned sunday run started to fall apart for Dave|
I stayed over at a friends house in Portsmouth last night and took the opportunity to run this morning in Portsmouth for a change of scenery. Whilst epic hills and woodland for miles is lovely , a run in urban areas can reveal some great surprises (as hashing in guildford has taught me).
|South Parade Pier in the distance and some good advice|
Dave never met me at 9.30am for our run so I started my run from my friends house in the freezing bitter wind but clear blue sky and met up with the shoreline east of South Parade Pier and took the above picture a few minutes into my run. The mural on the wall gave me the idea to blog about todays run and how apt this was for our training in general.
Running Westward along the seafront I had the strong wind behind me and found running nice and steady on the promenade. With no uneven ground and no hills you can really settle down into a run and enjoy it. I wasnt bothered by runners overtaking me at all, im training for an endurance event not a sprint.
|a ships gun from the 1860s|
Unlike the coutryside the city can be absolutely covered in little interesting things to go look at like statues, plaques etc and i took the opportunity to look at a few artifacts. The naval stuff interests me as I am also a keen wreck diver.
|The dated but endearing Clarence Pier Tower|
From the Pier you go back from the 1960s to the 1860s and join the millenium promenade which runs along the much older forts and walkways of old portsmouth. In the distance you can see the spinnaker tower at Gunwharf keys too.
|running towards King James Gate and Tower on the millenium promenade|
As you apporach the King James Gate and Tower I was pleased to see you get the chance to run straight through the inside of the tower and out the other side.
|running through the tower|
|plaque on a house 3 doors down from my old school |
The total distance today was about 7 miles run in just over an hour (includes photo stops with my camera on my phone) . The rucksack felt good and I returned to an amazing cooked breakfast and a nice cup of coffee. No mud to clean off my trainers.
Today was one of those runs that are 1 in a 100. I'm sad Dave missed it but there will be plenty more chances for runs this good in the weeks to come.