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Hyde Park Thursday


Juneathon Day 23. Hyde Park Thursday and the Sun was shining.

Such a huge change from last week, I even needed my sunglasses rather than flippers! I ran the 2.5 miles to Hyde Park where I met badwabbit and although I wasn’t there first, because we were both early, we agreed that the forfeit of 10 star jumps for being late was not relevant.  (phew!)  We had coordinated our running attire after criticism last week that we clashed so today we were sophisticated in black and navy rather than soggy in flourescent pink and red.  We ran a circuit of part of Kensington gardens and Hyde park, about 4.5 miles in total.  Hyde Park was very busy with tourists, Boris bikes, runners, cyclists, dogs, horses, police men and combinations of all and any.

It was great to run and chat again.  The time and the miles really fly by when you’ve got company and I find I maintain my pace better.  Again we ran at a decent pace – a couple of miles at 8.44/8.48 pace which is probably the best pace I can maintain and talk at the same time.  Great training, I’m going to recruit Badwabbit as official Juneathon Half Marathon pacer for training. (If he wants a word in edgeways he just needs to increase the pace a tiny bit!)

I then ran the 3 miles home and didn’t slow down too much.  Coincidently my average pace today 9.17 was exactly the same as last week.  I felt pretty good on the last few miles home, considering the distance, but the last mile is down hill!  Home to a bucket of chocolate milk, ice pack on the legs (precautionary), lunch and more pretending to work. Oh, and most importantly a delivery of food shopping!

10.14 miles   1 hr 34.14 mins

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

12 thoughts on “Hyde Park Thursday

  1. I think Badwabbits hair is looking particularly good in the above photo :oD

  2. Um chocolate milk, what a good idea.
    Sounds like it was a lovely run.

  3. How lovely to be able to run in Hyde Park. Excellent place to people watch ( or rather glimpse as they go by in a blur of course). Well done.


  4. Badwabbit and I did have conversation last night about what he should wear to avoid clashing with you again this week – glad to hear good co-ordination was achieved! 😉

  5. and very good you looked too! well done on the 10 miles ..

  6. Hooray Weetabix again. Glad you are enjoying running with company, lucky you

  7. Your Hyde park thursdays sound like a lot of fun… Pretending to be working is my favorite kind of work – o think that’s what was really happening with my report writing today!! 🙂

  8. Your tableaus are getting more and more intricate. By the end of Juneathon you’ll have mire extras than gandhi. Fab!

  9. Sounds like you had a lovely run today – great pace and distance too. 🙂

  10. What a fab Thursday run! I am almost tempted to book a day off and come and join you – although I would be trailing behind you both somewhat. And very organised of you to do the ice pack thingy. Fab tableau…interesting choice of ginge hair….

    • YAY Great Blog RB. I forget many of the things you observe so better than your mean threat to just cut and paste my sub-standard ramblings!! And also I can’t do Lego (but do the photos). Great teamwork! I think some serious thought needs to be given to drawing shapes out of the Grid that is the Hyde Park pathways. Be creative!!

      I am loving Hyde Park Thursdays (HPTs). They are fast becoming one of my favourite features of the (avoiding) work week. @Fortnightflo you are very welcome to join us, send me/Rachel and e-mail so we can discuss ‘arrangements’. I also like the idea of chocolate milkshakes. Perhaps for the Juneathon run we should all don Ginge Wigs!

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