Starting On The Cotswold Way
Start – Bristol
Finish – Old Sodbury, Gloucestershire
My day was made and saved by Ira Rainey who provided me with directions on how to get to the Cotswold Way including directions on a pleasant way out of Bristol city centre which proved to be really nice.
I started out on the Bristol to Bath cycle path which was quite relaxing. Good to be off the main roads for a bit.
I followed the directions Ira gave me and got onto the Cotswold Way without many problems. My only issue was on the lane up to the path. Some asshole beeped at me for no real reason and I shouted “I’m trying to get off the fucking road!”. I’m jaded with drivers. I’m gonna spend 3 or 4 days now on the Cotswold Way and regroup.
When Mind talk about ‘fighting for mental health’ they don’t mean wanker joggers getting into silly fist fights with trigger happy drivers. It’s time to press reset and relax a little.
I had a few bad moments on the Cotswold Way. I got lost and ended up standing around a field like a dick for a bit. It’s what happens all the time in trail ultras for me. I just stand there. Wishing for roads. Only now I don’t want roads as roads come with assholes. I will have to put in some time and learn how to be a better trail runner.
I need to relax into it and stop being so uptight.
10 days of the challenge
If I didn’t run today I’d have averaged over a marathon a day for the last 10 days.
With today’s 20 miles I’ve been averaging just under 30 miles (47.5km) a day. Running seems to be getting easier on a daily basis I’m just struggling with silly shit like verbal wars with drivers.
I will concentrate on establishing myself on the Cotswold Way tomorrow and taking some time to actually enjoy what I’m doing. I miss the drivers of Cornwall and Devon. I never got beeped at by them and when I waved they waved back. If someone beeps at me now I should just wave and maybe blow them a kiss to show that there are no hard feelings.
I am not helping anyone by getting angry. I’m just making this harder for myself.
P.S I had brownie ice cream for dinner.