Reason 1: Mile End parkrun with Fortnight Flo. 3.1 miles, 33:56, 10:45 min/mile
Another brand new parkrun today, this time in Mile End. It starts at the south end of Mile End park, and is twice around a lollipop. The design of the course gives you plenty of opportunity to see the other runners, to shout encouragement at your friends and to monitor the progress of your rivals. It’s all tarmac, undulating and already has a (male) course record of 15:23.
After the parkrun, we ran along Regent’s Canal to the Thames, along the Thames to Parliament Square and then up through various parks to the Hyde Park band stand for the post Janathon meet-up. The Thames Path may not be completely along the Thames, but the stretches of road are fairly short, and the route is very well sign posted.
As we ran along Victoria Embankment, we had a short game of “I went to London and I…” to help to take our (or at least my) minds off our feet / ankles / knees / hips / breathing. Our selection went something along the lines of:
I went to London and I brought back a blister, some great memories, Febulous runs one and two, a beefeater, some new route ideas, a runny nose, a tourist, a man with a nice bum, a great view of the London Eye, a miniature big ben, victory over the Victoria embankment, a lambourghini, a london bus, sore shoulders, ???? and amnesia. Though quite where we put all this stuff remains a mystery.
While Jog Blog, Moving Along, Fortnight Flo and Trainers in the Rox waited for the other ‘athoners to arrive, three of us went for a swift (for me, in light of my earlier runs) run around the Serpentine. We successfully avoided the cross country (roller) skiers and managed to resist the temptation to go for a swim in the ice-capped lake.
*I have also been known to listen to Ian Dury.