Training routes and training plans, to my way of thinking, need to be flexible.
When runners, especially the elderly, set off on their training runs they don't know, they cannot predict, how they are going to feel after half an hour, or an hour, or two hours. There are simply too many variables.
And so, being on the wrong side of 65, I tend to choose routes with flexibility built in. Somedays I might want to go harder and/or for longer. Other days I might need to cut the run short. Sometimes I'll have a full rucksack. Other times I'll carry only my tram ticket. That's to get back from wherever I end up.
On the map below, the red line is a 10 kms recommended route. The yellow lines are roads. The white lines are generally forest paths rather than broad tracks.
Hermannskogel is one of my favourite areas for training due to the undulating nature of the course, the variety of underfoot terrain and the absence of traffic.
I can easily pass a couple hours in these woods in the blink of an eyelid as it seems.
|The red track is the usual option - the white paths are good too!|
|Watch for mountain bikers - check over the shoulder!|
|The main trails are well signed|
|Streamlined cap - a breezy section!|
|Several paths to the summit - this one the steepest|
|Summit and the highest building in Vienna|
|An apple juice spritzer here to keep me going|
In the Vienna Woods, of which this is only a tiny part, there are 9,000 kms of runnable trails and 5,000 kms of mountain bike routes. We who live in the area are most fortunate.
Sometimes on a run I see more squirrels than people. And I can always stop at a woodland hostelry, and often do, for a bowl of soup or a mug of coffee, and then I run on like a man with new legs.
The year ahead beckons. I will soon be in these woods again!