Woke up, had bagel and honey and a cup of coffee.
Headed out the door with a couple of gels and a very rough idea of the route I was doing.
So, a little more explanation on how I 'plan' my routes as last week I was told I was insane not knowing exactly where I'm going but there is method in this madness (of sorts).
I have a route that's roughly 12-13 miles, out the door, up Monkseaton Drive, toward Earsdon, new road past Shiremoor, toward Village Hotel, onto Coast Road, down to Tynemouth Pool, into Shields, up past Knott's Flats, into Tynemouth and home along the coast.
I don't like knowing how far I've run and I really don't like knowing how far I've got left to run, so I do my route and I add loops in to make it longer if I need to and the first time I will check my distance is when my watch beeps after I've passed the clock at Tynemouth Priory. This could be 10 seconds after I've passed or like today it could be 1590m after I've passed, then and only then do I know if I can finish at co-op and buy a croissant or if I have to run all the way home and have no croissant.
So today I ran to Cullercoats to add an early loop and then back past home and onto the usual route, added a couple of other little loops through Shiremoor and the business park and had a couple of gels and felt good.
Ran into a thorn bush on North Shields, it hurt and ripped my glove, I've changed my 'toblerone eaten' to 'things ran into' at the suggestion of Colin B as it makes for more interesting reading and I run into things way more than I eat toblerone.
Headed into Tynemouth and my watch beeped about 5m before the clock, damn it!
This meant I had to run near enough a full mile before I could check the distance. 15 miles and I hadn't added enough loops, 16 miles and I'd be bang on 18 miles at co-op and it's croissant time and 17 miles and I'd have to run 19 to get a croissant.
It beeped, it was 16 miles.
A little loop round Spanish City and 18 miles done at 8 min miles pace.
They had no croissants.
I nearly cried.
Actually I think I did have a little cry.
Had some cheese.