Due to a number of things, my long Saturday walk was done on Friday (LINK) and my Friday rest was taken on Saturday.
To complete the week, the schedule had nine miles for today.
I fancied something a little different but didn’t want to travel too far. I had a quick play on the plotaroute website (LINK) and came up with a route from Aston, along the canals to Winson Green and back.
All in all, there are eleven locks in the Aston Flight with the top lock (lock 1) being unusual by having two bridges over it.
A right turn at the top then took me towards the BT tower and more locks – still going up!
I don’t know whether this planting is an official thing or, as I’d like to think, a spot of Guerrilla gardening but it is very welcome.
I could say that it was all downhill from here but there are a fair few hump-back bridges to ascend/descend. Many of these mini-hills were constructed to cross spurs feeding long gone factories.
Towards the end of my nine miler I was passed by a small group of runners who stopped a little further along to do some stretches. I strode past but was overtaken again a little later.
“You’re a fast walker!” one exclaimed.
“Correct – I’ve been practicing!” I explained.
Not bad for the first month (and there are still a few days to go).
Usually, I train with three hard weeks followed by one easy week – next week is easy but I’ve still got forty three miles to cover.