Long run

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If you work odd hours and days, and live in a tourist area, Monday is a very good day for a long run. Especially if you don’t do it on Sunday because.

Now I have been a bit feeble recently, and this morning was no exception. I just could not find a safe spot in my head to rest my thoughts. I have no idea if I am the only person to go through phases of this, but it was bad this morning. I almost turned for home to get an audiobook, as they are better at distraction than just plain music sometimes. I fidgeted mentally for a whole 2 miles, and then realised at about 3 that I had settled without realising.

So I pottered off with a target of 16 odd miles, and was having so much fun I did 18 instead. The surroundings on the coast change so much it is difficult to draw a line and say ‘now I am turning back’; there is always just a little more to see before I go home. And if I hadn’t been still a bit fidgety I wouldn’t have looked over the coast wall, or climbed over the coast wall to see if it was fun, despite it not being very runnable.

And I found a couple of plants that I knew should be in the area, but I hadn’t been able to track down: Limonium (sea lavender or statice if you are a flower arranger) one of those flowers that dries perfectly.

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And look, you can find herbarium specimens of similar plants from the area but in 1930! (sometimes the internet is so thrilling it defies words).

<there would be a picture here, but despite it now being at least 4 hours since I got home, and my phone is placed encouragingly next to the router, only one photo could be uploaded by frigging Talktalk – yes I have complained>

And Crithmum maritimum – one of the plants called Samphire (the other is Salicornia, the one that most people will have eaten). I know at some point one of my friends will ask why I have not sampled any of these edible delights that I find while running. I will point them in the direction of the high levels of dog ownership in this part of Kent.

Crap time which I haven’t actually looked at, mainly due to botanising; but excellent run. Love running, love finding plants. Will edit to put the pictures in once the good fairy of bandwith returns to HB.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. runtezza says:

    Great photo as always. Re what to listen to when running am enjoying This American Life podcast a lot at moment.

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