BROOKS BLOGGER STEPHANIE TAKES ON THE MUD IN LONDON
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Stephanie signed up to the Run Happy News and was selected to be a Brooks Blogger. Stephanie chose to blog about the Cascadia 8, check out her journey around London.
What a beautiful morning, the perfect one for my first outing. Nice view of the Thames, clear and bright day, perfect. Let’s go.
First up, tarmac, this is easy, plodding along watching the rowers, wooooaaaaaahhh, oooooo, slippppyyy black ice, small panic. I’ve got it, I’ve got it. Maintain composure in front of rowers. Phewf thank goodness that is over, now to enjoy a nice plod along the Thames path on this glorious morning, there’s lots of others like me out this morning, enjoying the bracing air. In fact, maybe there are a few too many others, speedily approaching a huge muddy puddle and they’ve taken all the dry routes, well it’s quicker if you go through the puddle anyway! Squelch, splash, apologise for splashing mud everywhere, squelch some more. Hmmmmm that muddy puddle was pretty good fun, let’s do some more. All covered in mud, but it’s all good!
Under another bridge and then a nice (?) stretch of cobbles to contend with to shake off some mud and give ankles and calves a run in. Try to support them and keep them happy so we can keep on running. The cobbles finish and Kew Bridge glimmers in the distance, with a threat of slippery stairs, yet again they are no match for us today.
A few tidy gravelly miles out of the way, letting attention slip as I go and run full plod into a pile of slippery wet icy leaves, but hey, we’re good! Balance remains and the plod continues up off onto tarmac paths through Richmond and Kew. We make it home a little muddier, but safe, dry and happy.
Well, that’s what my Cascadias thought of my jaunt along the Thames path, for me it was plain sailing as my shoes took it in their stride. They take me from trail to road with no fuss or bother and leave me to worry about running rather than the terrain. After all that I thought we deserved a treat, well mainly for me, Cascadias don’t eat (cheap to run!) I whipped up some banana bread and here is the recipe if you fancy your own post adventure treat – click HERE to view.
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