I’m back! Back to my old tricks.
Google Earthed my route to Wharncliffe Crags as part of a 20 mile level 1 training run. Excited to finally visit something I’ve seen from afar, but never explored.
Set off, running well and moving in the right direction.
But I overshot the turn I assumed would look pretty obvious and wound up recognising the A616 as being too far by a long way.
So I headed west and attempted to short cut to the edge from directly above. I even used my phone to check the map before setting off in the right direction once again.
Then I got the impression that I was again heading off in the wrong direction, so doubled back and came back out on a road from the trip out.
I arrived at the Grenoside Woods Car Park and bumped into ex Accelerate colleague, Adela Carter – who gave me some pretty good directions and away I went once more. But I couldn’t remember the exact directions and some of it was open to interpretation.
So there was a little more bog and mud than perhaps should have been. I probably wouldn’t have tripped while running down a mountain bike track if I’d known where I was supposed to be going.
I definitely wouldn’t have ended up attempting to climb some very steep hillside trails at level 3/level 4 if all had gone according to plan. But the plan it seemed, was out the window. Frustrated. Lucky to be in one piece and with a left foot that looks like it was sculpted from one massive lump of mud, I continued to go back and forth until finally admitting to myself that today was not going to be the day I got to visit those crags.
So I ran home, making good use of the ‘Back to Start’ feature on the Polar M400 Watch. 3hrs done. Not exactly level 1 and not without a few stops and starts.
But I had enjoyed it. I got a good run in. The weather was great. I saw Adela. I just didn’t reach my destination.
Of course, it turns out that at one point when I doubled back, having decided that I was making a huge mistake, I was only a few steps from where I wanted to be. Typical. Could’ve been a much simpler, more satisfying day.
But there’s always another day. So I’ll try again. At some point.