The ultra delicious Turbo Tortoise met me in Richmond Park this morning for a "conversational" jog around the entire park - 11.8K. (We did add 200 metres to up it to 12K though!).
The rain was lashing down at 9:45am and we both agreed to delay our 10:30 start to 11am when the sun would be shining. The BBC weather app really is unbelievably accurate. I mounted my trusty scooter and rode to the park. We met in the car park near Richmond Gate and set off on a warm up walk. Once that was in the bag we started jogging as slow as we could, but ended up going a bit too fast. This "bit too fast" pace lasted until about 4K when we REEEEALLLLY slowed it down and it felt much better. I do like slow running, espesh when you're having a natter!!
We managed to chat the entire circuit of the park - talking about running, dinner parties, ballet dancers' diet, playing guitar backwards, food poisoning, marathons, internet trolls and just about anything else I can't think of!! It was great fun and I found the entire run as easy as pie. It really helps having someone to run with because the kilometres disappear so quickly. My new Asics Nimbus's bounced me along comfortably and there were no issues with my right leg (for a change!!). HOORAY!
I used this run as part of My Asics Half Marathon Training Plan. Yesterday I did a "fast" 8K and it really was incredibly difficult. I didn't enjoy it at all. Mrs Dan put it down to the pollution that was in the air and was reported by the BBC! Apparently there was a lot of noxious gases swirling around the SE of England yesterday and I may have swallowed some! But todays run was brilliant and I really enjoyed it.
So now it's two days rest before the next one - an 8K fast again. Gor blimey.
Let's all wish our troops well who are doing marathons tomorrow - JuicyJu in Paris and Vicky B in Brighton and anyone else I don't know! Good luck to them all. They're far stronger mentally than I could ever be.
Until we meet again on this forum that we call.....er......the forum? Yeah. That's it.