Had a "fun" run session today. 01:50 planned with 30 minutes warm up, 15 minutes at half-marathon pace, 3 minutes recovery, 15 minutes at half-marathon pace and then jog down for 45ish minutes.
So, I jogged up to the common; there's a known 15ish minute circuit I could use and it takes about 30 minutes to get there. Perfect! There were a few frustrations around Garmin having a fit with pacing and being a bit random in the trees, but it settled and the pacing was pretty consistent throughout and I hit my half-marathon pace nicely, but over-cooked the recovery and jog down a bit. Still some learning to do on that for sure.
At the start of the jog down, I hit a really muddy bridleway that was peppered with horse crap. There was a moment where I pitched into some nasty brambles, tried to jump through to save myself but ended up sliced up on my legs. I carried on for the last 40 minutes or so, thinking it was probably just a couple of tiny prickles, and it stung a bit, but when I got home...
And these are the thorns I pulled out of the wounds...
Looks a bit less bad cleaned up, but sore nonetheless.
The other leg wasn't so bad as the thorns hit lower down and on the front of my leg where I had long socks on.
So I'll be in shorts for the rest of today while those close up and scab over properly. But I was proud that I achieved the goals of today's sessions and didn't stop and have a moment when I got injured (and that it wasn't serious at all - to be fair there were a lot of trees I could have ended up head-first into rather than just sliced by some brambles). Good run!