Quite a nice morning for a run. Dry and not too warm. I was trying to decide where to go today and decided on heading north towards Langford. I would see how the legs held out. There is a nice, quiet track that runs from Henlow Grange up to Langford. It leads past a series of fishing lakes. It looked like some people were actually fishing today, but anglers are experienced at keeping their distance. A mass of geese flew over heading for the lake and shortly after that I saw a pair with a brood of goslings by the lake. There were a few people out walking, but not many runners up that way.
I made it to Langford and headed back along by the road. I took a short diversion through the wood where I saw a black squirrel. Then had to overtake another runner, but she moved out into the road (no cars coming). People are pretty good at giving way. Not that I was going especially quickly.
There were lots of cyclist out in their lycra along that road. The good weather is drawing them out and I guess you can cycle with a friend now the rules are relaxed a bit. From Henlow you have to follow the busy road back to Arlesey, but I found another little diversion to get me away from the traffic a bit. Then I crossed the road to take a farm track up to the Mill Pits. On that track I saw a hare up ahead. It kept running further up the track for quite some way until some people were coming the other way and it seemed confounded for a moment before disappearing into a field. The Mill Pits is where the river runs through the remains of an old water mill. That is one of the nicer areas around here. It was there I heard the distinct call of a cuckoo. I have not heard one in a while. It is great to see so much wildlife around. We had a fox in our garden last week, but it left the chickens alone.
My legs were pretty tired by the end, but I managed a quick sprint after crossing the railway. I thought Strava might give me a time on a segment there, but it did not pick it up.
That is nearly 26km for the week and I may pass 500km for the year next week. I am happy enough with that.
Run fast and stay well.