Because I have just completed an 11.87 mile run in Richmond Park. I did contemplate running past my car to get to 12 miles, but as I’d already run for 2 hours and 4 minutes of the 2 hours called for by my training plan, the siren song of my warm, dry fleece won the day.
The run itself was fabulous. The weather was pretty much perfect. There was sunshine, there was blue sky and there was no wind. Underfoot was whatever I wanted it to be. I started on the well-manicured surface of the Tamsin Trail, before striking out on a meandering route which featured grass, grassy goo, slip sliding mud, hold your foot and don’t let go mud, carpets of leaves, shallow puddles, knee-deep puddles, sandy horse track, firm trail and the odd bit of tarmac.
Just don’t ask me to repeat it!