Thanks to my faffing around this morning with getting my nike+ sportsband software loaded, I was late in getting out and the car park at Flotterstone was full - it being a very popular Pentland hills spot for walkers/cyclists/runners. It also was a pretty rain/snow free Sunday... so I had to go to another area one of which meant a very muddy start and finish. This combined with some pretty steep hills made for a tough 10k. I was faced at the begining of this run with a sign saying 'Walkers please use the path provided through kissing gate and go round the farm buildings'. This was less of a path and more of a long narrow trail of fenced in deep mud so you could do nothing but push on through. I wish I had been as bold as the walker just ahead of me who ignored said sign and strode through the middle of the farm buildings.
Despite this I managed it in just over an hour. I have to say I was flagging by the 4.5mile point but thanks to my ipod and some motivational playlist choices I managed to keep plugging on. The thought of a second new years feast to make up for my parents being away over hogmanay also helped. Red wine and my mum's most awesome steak pie was waiting for me when I returned and I had a mental picture of this to help me through the nasty, muddy windy last mile.
calories: 744 (quickly replaced by said wine and pie)