I hate running in the city. I never used to mind it until I ran my first trail race. It was a game changer. Even tho I live in the middle of a city thankfully Edinburgh is small and I dont have to go far to get an opportunity to get off road. I have hills and beaches. I also live right next to a hill - Arthur Seat :)
Today, as it was the weekend and I needed to do a long run, I jumped in the car to go to Aberladywwhich is just outside Edinburgh on the coast. Started off going thru a nature reserve. You go over a wee (rather rickety) bridge. On this bridge it tells you about 4 times that no dogs are allowed yet i saw a group of people walking with 4 dogs... I assume they are either blind or more likely stupid and don't care. I felt like saying something but wimped out They looked pretty grumpy anyway .
As this was my first time doing this route I expected to get lost at least a couple of times but amazingly I managed 4 miles before my first wrong turn. But overall i didn't go too far off course. One of my detours saw my running along gullane beach (which brought back memories of annual school summer trips here even when it was chucking it down with rain) in a brutal head wind. But the lovely view distracted me from this..
My other miss turn meant I didn't get to see Saltcoats castle which is a nice wee ruin along from the path i went along.
Will def be doing this route again!
Stats : 7.8 miles
Time: 1 hour 33mins
Wrong turns: about 4?
Trailshoe sefies: a few but only posted the best one (see below )