Isn’t it amazing how a glorious morning and a picturesque parkrun can banish the blahs? Blue sky and rolling parkland as far as the eye could see. Wonderful.
Added to which, I now know several things that I didn’t know yesterday:
- I can run down hills. One of the things I like about cycling is that all the hardwork going up a hill is rewarded by freewheeling downhill. One of the things I used to dislike about running was that all of the hardwork going up a hill was rewarded by nothing. But today, I relaxed, removed the brakes and flew. Average pace: 9.48 mins/mile. Uphill pace: 10.52 mins/mile. Downhill pace: 7.10 mins/mile. Wheeeeeeeee!
- Richmond Park is huge. I parked at Roehampton Gate. A mere 1.8 miles from the start. Ooops. Still, it gave me a chance to enjoy a little more of the weather. Did I mention it was a glorious day?
- I like 1 lap courses. Kingston was sort of one lap (it’s a lollipop) but Richmond is definitely one lap. The only bit of repetition is the last 100 yards or so but that’s good because it means you can judge your finish.
- I am destined to be beaten by people pushing buggies. I suppose it gives me something to aim for.
- Parkruns are fun. Okay, I suppose I knew that yesterday, but it’s been reaffirmed again this morning. Half an hour to explore a new route in the company of others. Ace!
I was so inspired by the return of my mojo that I got home, got changed and unpacked my suitcase. My suitcase that has been sitting there forlornly since I returned from holiday. Last July. Another little piece of carpet sees the light of day. 🙂