22 miles, yay! The weather was crazy today, started off warm (although it did chuck it down just before I left, yielding a stupendous rainbow),
then driving rain near Devils Dyke, and lightning! Then no rain for the can-can path and I almost dried out completely. Then more torrential rain later got me soaked for the rest of the run. There was no wind to speak of when I set off, but coming back along the sea front it was howling and the sea was roiling! But it was beautiful. Saw two more rainbows, one over Shoreham Airport that was breathtaking, but disappeared just
before I clicked my photo button. I got a different view of the power station area coming at it from the opposite direction – I never noticed those beach huts before, seems a bit of a strange place to have them!
Lots of friendly folk about along the River Adur, running, cycling, dog walking. With the rain on the South Downs I mostly only saw a few groups of young ramblers from the Youth Hostel. They were all head to toe in waterproofs, made me feel almost naked in my shorts and T-shirt (more on that later). In a group of girls I ran past on the trail (the rest were all cowering against buildings or under trees the poor lambs), one of them
was singing a song in defiance of the weather (or so I’d guess), she fell silent when she realised I was there, to gales of laughter from all 🙂 I gave her a thumbs up, and she struck up again loudly. Got quite a few comments about my general wetness. I called into a shop on Dyke Road for a Mars Bar and a drink, and dripped all over the place! I was amazed on the can-can path (where, yes, I sung the can-can :)) to note that someone had come along and chopped down a large amount of the vegetation, along the entire length of the path. I felt quite exposed to view from passing cars, so stayed on my best behaviour (apart from a bit of singing). In Brighton I was stopped twice by people needing directions to places I didn’t know the whereabouts of :+. The second person was a girl on Southover Street looking for a hen party. She said she felt a bit self-conscious about her outfit, particularly her very high heels on the steep street! I felt it unnecessary to point out that I was almost naked in the pouring rain 🙂 Southover Street felt like the biggest hill of the lot, but Endo says not.
There were lots of camper vans by the pier – pretty!
There was bungee jumping on Hove Lawns, an activity that does not appeal to me anywhere.
Just as I got home, the sun came out, with a fat rainbow appearing over the South Downs. This was supposed to be a six hour run today, but because I was so under-dressed and wet (and my hands got VERY cold) I decided just to take it at normal-slow pace, so I could get home sooner and be warm. But, it was great, and I feel great (if tired). I’ve become unused to the notion of being cold on a run, but I do have more sensible things ready to wear whatever the weather is like at Beachy Head 🙂 My food was a bit more substantial this time: PBJ bagel and a coffee before setting off, 6 babies, and a Mars Bar. Not quite 2573 kcal, but there’s still time…