RUN WITH A VIEW

ELAINE: A VIEW TO RUN; RUNNING WITH A VIEW

Why do we run? On the list of motivational reasons, running for the sake of a view isn't exactly at the top. I mean for me, it's way behind, running to stay fit, eat loads of guilt free pasta ,PBs on Strava and not be beaten in a 10K again by Siggy.

And, yet training with a view is one of my favourite reasons for running.

When, I am out in the mountains in Southern France where we have an apartment, while Siggy is in Brighton where she lives and works, it's like we're out-Instragramming each other with our views during our long runs. On the same day, she ran eight miles taking in Brighton seafront, I did a 2228ft ascent up the Col du Galibier.

At the top where the tunnel is (you'll know it if you ever watch the Tour de France) there were patches of snow even though it's only October – and an icy breeze was blowing. It had been a hard, steep hour's run of three and a half miles and I'd forgotten how cold it would be at altitude so I was just in a singlet and cropped leggings.  Hence, I needed to go back down quickly, doing the three and a half miles back to the van as fast as possible, just to keep warm. But, first, there was the view...

Doing long training runs is so much easier with a view – or two – to take in. It doesn't have to be sea or mountain. Even running in London, I used to love going over the bridges or across the parks.

Siggy has only been running for just over a year and, until training for November's Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon in Vegas, 10K is the furthest she'd gone. She wasn't sure that she'd have the stamina, endurance or long enough boredom-threshold for distance races.

So when upping her mileage, Siggy always has her phone to hand to take pictures en route, stopping for a moment to record the view. For her, it's worth the break in stride to appreciate her run – and it's getting time on her legs, which is what matters for longer races.

I'm sure she going to want to take pictures during the spectacular Vegas half marathon, held at night. She's also going to want to do a good time, under two hours. If either of us is not feeling up to speed that day - and probably it'll be me - then they'll be the designated photographer!

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