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