[Taken from my first ever blog post, dated 15th June 2017]
Hi there, I’m Sam. It’s nice to meet you. How are you? Let me tell you a bit about myself.
I play the French Horn for a living. Weird, huh, but someone’s gotta do it.
I’m British. I’m from the countryside, but live in the city.
I love to run off road. And cycle, and play cricket, and golf. And yes, I love to play the French Horn too, which is pretty neat for me as I get to do it for my job. But mostly I love running.
I travel, a lot, usually domestically, but sometimes abroad too. And I’ve always got a pair of running shoes with me, just in case I can find myself a little adventure along the way. You see, I believe we can all find time for a little adventure, but we have to know where to look.
That’s where this blog comes in. Thanks for reading this far! I hope you’ll stick around a little longer. Here’s some other things you might want to know about me:
I’m not that slow, and I’m not that fast*. Sure, sometimes I like to push hard and beat a time, and if that’s your bag then go for it, maybe I’ll even see you out there on the course one day. But mostly I run because I want to see somewhere new.
And I love maps. I find them fascinating, and looking at them makes my imagination run wild with possibilities and I just want to see every little bit of what that area has to offer and I want to pick my way down every little green dashed line through the brambles and up every sheep track on the hillside and touch every trig and shoot down every rocky singletrack until my legs are jelly and my eyes are watering from the rushing wind. Because to me, that’s freedom. And I especially love freedom.
So what’s this blog for? I want to share with you the fun to be had in the unlikely places. There’s a thousand pages on the internet about climbing Ben Nevis, so I won’t add to that. No, I want to tell you about the little runs, the forgotten villages, the I’ve only got 45 minutes before I have to be on stage dashes that we can all do if we possess the will for a little adventure and a decent map. I want to tell you about the footpath less travelled.
*(In case you’re wondering, here are some of my road PB times: 5km 19:29 – 10km 41:39 – HM 1:40:03 – Marathon – 3:57:52)