Quite often I find myself on auto-pilot as I head out for a run. I’ll maybe make a decision about the direction from my house but after that I tend to stick to 10 or so set routes. I suppose a lot of it is to do with knowing the distance. If you run you do not want to get lost – and mostly I have a plan about how far I want to run in that one outing.
But then sometimes plans do not go, well, according to plan!
Just before setting out for a run on Saturday afternoon I happened to be chatting to our pal Douglas (he’s a friend of Mr Outdoors and also helped us to build a super-lovely extension to our home. You can find him here
) who lives on one of my usual running routes out through the village of Balmore
. Douglas occasionally decides to get fit and most years he trains for the Deerstalker
event (not the Mighty one but the shorter version. Although I do think he’s being a bit girlie about this!) and so he knows a number of routes around his village. In particular he told me about a lovely wee off-road section that heads towards the nearby towns of Torrance and Bishopbriggs
Of course, I couldn’t resist trying this new route. So on Saturday I set out from home at a reasonable pace, headed for Balmore. The only thing is I imagined that home to Balmore was about 3 miles on road. The off-road route, according to Douglas, would be about 4 miles, followed by a 3 mile home again. It turns out that it was closer to 5 miles to the other end of Balmore. Added to this I decided to do more off-road than was strictly necessary.
path, which is very popular with walkers, added a nice diversion through fields and along the side of the River Kelvin. At a crossroads near Cadder
Golf Course there was a signpost for Bishopbriggs
and/or Torrance and because I’m nosey I decided to check out both routes. First I ran through the golf course towards the Briggs before doubling back to then head to Torrance. This wee network of trails offers a great location for locals looking for 30 mins
to an hour of pleasant off-road running. Access is via a path opposite Balmore Garden Centre
But by the time I was headed back home from Balmore I realised I’d possibly run a bit more than I really wanted to. I haven’t been running more than about 8 miles recently so 13 miles was a a tad OTT. The last couple of miles were admittedly a slog, but it was fab to find a new off-road running trail.
Maybe next time I’ll put my sensible head on and cycle to Douglas’s house, then head off road for a run and then cycle home again. Or perhaps I should just get myself a wee bit fitter?!