My younger son decided he wanted to go to Richmond Park today. Great idea, I wasn’t going to argue, a great place where I can get my run in. I haven’t run in Richmond Park since my very first 10K there 4 years ago and was looking forward to some new scenery. Unfortunately it took us all quite a while to get going and then the park was teeming with happy January exercisers, walking, running and cycling and with families out on a nice day. By the time we managed to find a space in the 3rd car park there wasn’t as much time for my run as I hoped. All the same 30 mins was better than nothing so while my family went off to explore, I set out for my run. It was great running somewhere new and the dirt tracks are a great surface to run on. As I’m not overly familiar with the tracks I decided that an out and back run was my best option. The trouble with out and back runs is that while you are enjoying a long down hill section your brain is dreading the reverse part! I had an enjoyable run and the uphill stretch back wasn’t as bad as I had feared. I must however, have looked sufficiently worn out at the top judging by the sympathetic smiles of other runners going the other way.
I have promised myself to go back and run the full circuit of Richmond Park sometime soon.
3.84 miles 35.44 mins
16/31 days run 58.06 miles 5517 calories