Fountains Abbey is a World Heritage Site. This puts it on the same list as the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Egypt marking it out as having global cultural and historical significance. It is owned and run by the National Trust which usually collects an entry fee for non members. Yet each Saturday morning parkrunners are allowed to enter for free and enjoy the stunning grounds as they participate in a weekly 5K run.
It was my first time at Fountains and the first run after my holiday in Slovenia where we intensively participated in mountain runs and walks. Needless to say, the alpine exploits of Helen and I had taken their toles and we both found this simple undulating 5K really tough and we both were disappointed that we weren’t at our best. It is surprising how much this sort of thing takes out of you!
I went for an easy flat 5 mile run today but now I will be resting until the 10K race we have on Wednesday which is at another National Trust property, Nostell Priory. My physiotherapist advised that sometimes less is more and I think rest days are certainly the order of the day now.
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Matthew 11:28-30 NIVUK