That ‘before run’ and ‘after run’ contrast. It was cold, it was busy (people & cars), it was dark, but perseverance = 3x run-commute Wednesdays in a row 🙌. Wasn’t the simplest tonight:
MILE 1 - Garmin: *beep beep*, “New Record - Fastest Ever 1k - 3:33!” 🤔. Something is awry here. Stop. Reset Garmin. We’ll save the data (even if it suggest I was having a jolly in a pitch black, locked up Regent’s Park). Start again.
MILES 2-3 - Meh, not too bad, Garmin seems ok, should really use a head torch around the Regent’s Park Outer Circle, ninja runners everywhere. Pint of coffee before leaving office a bad choice.
MILE 4 - petrol fumes 🤮. Could do with a wee. I’ll hold it.
MILE 5 - probably could do with having a wee.
MILE 6 - Wee status critical. Look for secluded bush. Far too busy... Hurrah! Public toilets, Hyde Park. Down the steps, F$%! , 50p to get in. Really!? OK, pretend to put coin into slot & push barrier, act surprised when doesn’t open but makes a loud bang, look back at coin slot, shrug at the other “gentlemen” inside and slide through. Avert gazes. Steal a wee. ✅.
MILE 7 - Good. Notting (DOWN) Hill. Feel like Mo. Running on clouds. Quickest KMs. Thank you gradient.
Miles 8-9 - Shepherd’s Bush Market. WHY 🙏 so many people? Artful dodger it thru (by side stepping, not stealing possessions). Homeward stretch. See Acton rail bridge in distance. Do imaginary dance inside brain. Nearly there.
MILES 10-11 - Damn petrol fumes (again). Stop at Sainsbury’s in Acton Town & have to carry bright orange bag with sugary goods 1 mile (I.e. probably walk the mile & consume goods?) or run to the corner shop mere metres from home. Choose later. Done. Consume pot noodle and apple turnover. Elbows sweaty, nipples unscathed, job done. 🏁 .
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