Spent Sunday morning on the sofa watching the London Marathon with an eye on the internet site for live updates of friends at each 5K point. 3 people I was watching who have given me loads of support and advice this year went sub 3 hours so it was a great start to the day. By the time the grass was cut and other jobs were done it was 4pm and I’d missed lunch. So a bit of running with a full stomach practice was in order for all these ultras I’m supposed to be doing. I downed a slice of cold pizza and a bowl of cereal. and set out with a small backpack with energy drink in it.
It was all about being out there and enjoying it today, first run in 2 weeks since the marathon, intended a full week off, but have had a stinking cold that is still lingering. So now that marathon training is a background task – it’s all about running on the trails, nice and steady, building that aerobic base. Luckily, since we moved to Stroud last year I know have this out the back door:
Having covered 99% of Offas Dyke Path last year, perhaps this is a good way to finish it off.
The mud has dried on the footpaths for now, making for much quicker running conditions than in the winter. There’s still some swampy patches down in the valleys though.
So with the first few miles done I arrived at Bulls Cross, and looking over the Painswick Valley, Paradise came into view.
The Road to Paradise is not flat!
Golfers will be please to know there’s an 18 hole course in Paradise.
Wikipedia tells a tale. A fools paradise? A little bit of good tourism marketing for the 1600’s?
While Royalists were encamped in Painswick, tradition has it that King Charles went up to the Beacon and, seeing the beautiful valley to the east said “This must be Paradise”. Since then that valley, and the hamlet on its western side to the north of Painswick have been called Paradise.