Corrrrrrr! What a gorgeous day it was today. Most conducive to going for a delicious run along the river. "Where shall I go today darling?" I asked Mrs Dan. "Why don't you try running towards Kew this time" She said, which is the opposite direction to the way I usually go - "You haven't run that section yet have you?". "What a simply splendid idea!" I answered in a posh voice. "Stupid idiot" she replied. I think she gets irritated at me continually doing different accents and voices, which is one of my annoying habits.
So I made my pre run breakfast - a juice of carrot, beetroot, lemon and apple, chewed 6 dates for the sweetness and energy and I was ready to hit the streets. As soon as I left the front door I heard this ladies voice "Aye aye! Off out on a run then?" It was our lovely neighbour Sally, who hadn't seen me in my full lycra attire before. I got a tiny bit self conscious and ended up speaking to her whilst keeping my "special area" turned to oneside. I think it worked and after a short chat, I was off on my warm up walk.
I started my run at my favourite lamppost and headed off down to the riverside. Ran up the steps (I know! Big mistake!) at Richmond Lock and jogged over the foot bridge. Bounded down the other side and turned LEFT towards Kew. I wasn't going to go the full distance all the way to Kew Bridge cos that was 5K away and I didn't want to do a long one today, so I set my watch to beep at 15 minutes which is when I would turn around and run home.
The thames path was extremely busy with walkers and cyclists, it being a Bank Holiday and all. The path looked fantastic and it was like running through a green tunnel! Quite narrow in places it was too and I had to keep my wits about me with all the bikes who were riding FAR TOO FAST for my liking! Anyway, I was feeling incredibly healthy and fit and had ZERO pains or aches to deal with - thank GOD! After 15 mins my phone told me to turn around which I obediently did and headed back the way I'd come.
Suffice to say I reached my starting lamp post at exactly the point my phone beeped again - 15 mins, so I hadn't done an amazing time. I'd done a lazy jog and thoroughly enjoyed it because it felt so incredibly EASY and for that I was grateful. 5K in 30 minutes and some change.
There wasn't time for a long jacuzzi afterwards, so I jumped into our shower and made myself smell like a garden of roses which after the sweat from the running gear was a huge relief!! I was going to visit my dear old Mum later on so didn't have time for lazing about in the bubbles. After Saturdays Parkrun and my super duper time (for me anyway) I wasn't going to go mad today, so was quite happy that I just went out the door - despite neighbour Sally seeing me in clobber I'd rather have people see me in at speed!! Hahaha!
Happy BANK HOLIDAY everyone and hope you all had some good runs.........you know what I mean right? Yeah. 'course you do!