Today was a busy day and I knew I was going to be late home so I took my running gear to work.
I scheduled time to run at lunch but the meetings feel out of sync so I got out the door before the lunch time rush.
I was planning the route I run with Paul to Tower Bridge but was thwarted as I reached Bankside as the police had closed of the underpass, Millennium Bridge and route along the river.
I immediately turned around and headed towards Parliament. The roads were as busy as the pavements as traffic was diverted too.
There were a few bottle necks near Waterloo Bridge and the ticket booths by the river but I managed to pass most without much incident.
I ran the warm up to Westminster (not going all the way to avoid the massive crowds), and turned around and hit my first threshold section. I decided to go for it and ran the first fast 3 minutes.
I had convinced myself it would be a challenge but managed the first fast session and soon found myself on the 90 second jog section.
I decided to head back towards the office and up to and across Blackfriars bridge. I was worried about crossing the river and not being able to get back but you could cross on the bridges but not go under them.
I finished the next fast sessions ok and headed back across the bridge. They’d reopened the underpass so I took that along to the Millennium Bridge.
Before I knew it I had completed the fast sections and was feeling good.
It felt like I hadn’t slowed very much in between them but the pacing seems encouraging.
All in all this was a good run and I enjoyed it despite the crowds etc.
I left work in a foul mood. In fact I walked the 3k to Liverpool Street as I couldn’t face public transport.
Writing this en route home has helped me forget my day and remember what I achieved during my lunch break.
It’s great to run London and the crowds, the sights and all the incidents make for an interesting run!
We booked our hotel for the Royal Parks Half Marathon this week so now I am a step closer to the actual race.
I am looking forward to the half marathon and will start to push for sponsorship from here on in…
I never did find out why the river was closed…
Oh and I get to test my first item for The Running Bug soon as my first package has been shipped – it’s a cool start, watch this space.