Monday, 11 August 2008

La France en courant

Just back from a wonderful 2 week stay in La Creuse region of France. Both the areas I stayed in were great for running. Below is my running diary from the two weeks and a few photos:

26/07 14km, mainly trails through farm and woodland. Opprtunities to see deer and red squirrells and also meet some less than friendly dogs!

27/07 14km, same circuit but this time armed with a squirty drink bottle for the dogs who were waiting for me this morning! Worked a treat - doubt they'll be back!

28/07 10km, beginning of same route but aborted half way as running partner that morning did some ankle damage. Ran back from half way on a hilly road. Good quick 10km. (no dogs today!!)

30/07 14km usual circuit plus a 23km cycle in the heat later on.

31/07 10km trail and road up to a statue of the Virgin Mary at the top of some rocks. Great spot with some great views.

02/08 The first circuit + the added on section to Roches, about 20km I think.

05/08 23km - A circuit of Lac de Vassiviere (mainly undulating road). Such a beautiful lake.

06/08 8km Chemin des poets, a hilly trail near the lake.

08/08 9km Trail from the Gite at Royere de vassiviere. Good fast run apart from getting chased of of some farmland by an angry farmer - there were no signs...honest!

The trails were quite hard to find sometimes
Half way, Chatelus Malvaleix
The Lake at Chatelus
Back into Folbeix
The Virgin Mary at Roches
Map of Lac de Vassiviere

The start of Le Chemin des poetes
On the way up Le chemin des poetes
768m and the highest point around the lake
Some great opportunities for cross-training too!

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