It’s a strange thing, waking up and throwing yourself into exercise, transforming your current state of sleepiness to a highly attentive state within minutes. The change in body and mind is the reason why I think most runners run. I had planned to run to work, following my usual route which is more direct than any other method I can choose as all roads or cycle paths avoid the Corstorphine Hill. My only reservation was that it was only 8kms. Now in the grand scheme of things 8kms is a lot from what I’ve been doing recently, recovering from injury and taking it easy. But I really need to start to try to get up to distance. My bright idea then was to follow a longer route, less direct but take it easy and enjoy the run.
I’m amazed that I can live within Edinburgh and seem to be out in the countryside, able to run offroad or one paths that are not following roads. The commute I took today was 15kms and of that only 4.2kms were run next to a road, only 1.4 on a busy thoroughfare. Naturally I took photos…
It’s not a bad place to be Edinburgh, in fact I’m quite lucky to have these running options. Starting the day like this sets you up for a good day, where nothing can cloud your head. The weather when I arrived suddenly reminded me that I shouldn’t take the sun for granted as it poured heavily for half an hour just after I arrived at work. Lucky!
The River Almond
The weir on the Almond
Looking back along Cramond Foreshore
The tunnel underneath roads and buildings
Finally into buildings and civilisation