Juneathon Day 16. For one reason and another I tend to run in Hyde Park on Thursdays and also try to run a few miles more than my other weekday runs. Today I arranged to meet up with a fellow Juneathoner and lunchtime Hyde Park runner badwabbit for a circuit of the Serpentine.
Yes that’s why it poured with rain all morning! Anyway my run today summed up all the good things about Juneathon.
Juneathon gets you out the door.
It was raining when I left home and being fairweather I would not have set off unless I had to be somewhere at a certain time to meet someone. (If you want proof that I was not fairweather today you can see a photo of me masquerading as a drowned rat in badwabbits blog.)
Juneathon encourages you to run more.
I also ran my longest Juneathon run so far today. I didn’t just run to Hyde Park and home again before I got too bored. Because I had company I stayed and ran around a bit more (round the serpentine at a decent pace too!) I run most of the time on my own and realised that sociable running makes the time pass quickly. I really didn’t realise that I’d run 9 miles until I got home. (Also my Garmin was playing up – it’s fair-weather – and had missed off the first mile and a bit so I had to add that back).
Juneathon is social.
I spend many hours running past other runners in London. Today I ran and had a chat with one and met another one of the great people I converse with via Juneathon blogs and twitter.
Juneathon keeps you motivated (whether you like it or not!)
When I got home and was grappling with downloading my run onto garmin connect (in chinese – yes that it’s true, see below!) and eating all the food I could lay my hand on, @runningman856 mentioned on twitter that he didn’t want to run today so @jo365 and I encouraged him (he called it cyber bullying) to get out there. He was grateful that he did, because later on when the three of us helped to motivate @the_magathon to go to running club in Manchester he didn’t have to go out and run in the same hail storm!
9.13 miles 1 hr 24.59