First, let me say “No, not literally backwards!”, as that would be plain silly and a bit dangerous on the roads.
One good way to change up your standard runs is to simply reverse the route. What seems like a nice comfortable route going one direction may turn out to be rather challenging when you run it the other way. That nice long gentle downhill becomes a long hard slog uphill. The lines of oncoming traffic become a slight noise on the other side of the road.
Today I ran one of my usual routes backwards and it was refreshing. I noticed some houses that I hadn’t seen before and some little side streets that in sure must lead somewhere interesting (I’ll investigate on another occasion).
It is really surprising just how different a route feels when you go the other way. So, keep this trick in your bag to avoid getting repetition blues.
8.3 miles at 8:07 pace wasn’t blisteringly fast but was a solid ‘short’ run. I wasn’t supposed to go that far but was enjoying myself too much.
Today was the first time since being made redundant when I feel really happy and at peace. We received notification that my son’s adoption was finalised yesterday evening and that really brightened my week up. Life is good.