Its always worth it keeping your eyes open when running. If you think about it, runners spend much more time outside around and about than average and we have the opportunity to see so much more. This needs remembering because sometimes you see nothing because you are too focused.
After parkrun this morning, we went to Overton to reconnoiter an off-road running route to by used in our Club league next month. This route was familiar to us since it is used in a summer race series known as the “Reindeer Romp” (named after the Reindeer Inn rather than implying the presence of any sleigh-pulling antler-wielding animals). The route is known for its extreme up-hill struggle in the last mile and when you are racing it, there is little on your mind except the focus on enduring the pain which you know will last to the finish!
However, today we ran this course at a more sedate pace and wow, I was taken with the extreme beauty of the spot! The views are stunning the rolling fields and woodland, green with new growth as we approach summer.
Earlier in the week, I ran a route along the Tyne which I ran a lot during the winter months while staying away from home during the week. While
running, I realised this was the first time I had done it in daylight and I was able to see so much more. I was surprised to see some flats and houses on the other side of the river with a riverside path in front that I had missed previously, so I ran back out in the morning to see if I can find a way because the more I can use paths rather than roads the better. Sure enough I found the way and even was able to take a selfie with the river in the background.
It definitely is worth keeping a lookout while running and even to stop sometimes to take in the surroundings. You may be surprised what you find.
‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.’ Matthew 6:22 NIVUK