Having dropped Oliver at Scouts for 2 hours and a dry evening I headed out for a 1 hour out & back run along the Thames to Kew bridge and back to stretch my legs, having taken it easy after a calf twinge at parkrun (during the usual sprint alas) on Saturday.
The rowers were out in force, along with a few leisure runners as well as “commuting” runners running home from the office with larger rucsacs containing laptops I presume.
When I ran through Richmond I even had a view of the royal row barge “Gloriana” (a scaled-up version of the 19 metre Prince Frederick’s row-barge, launched in 1732 and now in the National Maritime Museum) that will lead the royal procession down the Thames to celebrate the Queen’s diamond Jubilee celebrations later this year.
As the web strap on my Luna ATS laces had finally given out (Luna had already sent me a replacement pair of sandals) I had removed them and swapped back to the original leather laces instead. So as I haven’t used those laces for a while I may need to adjust them a bit to prevent rubbing, particularly as I will be using them on the Ultra next month (though I may cheat and wear socks as well).
The wildlife was certainly out and about, I must have seen 6 grey herons, one of which was stood at the side of the path which I ran past a mere 2 foot away! I had to run round pairs of Mallard ducks who had decided to nest in the middle of the path.
At turn around point (9k) I had a quick Clif bar, another swig of Nuun water and headed back, zipping up my top as the temperature was starting to drop.
The path consists of broken pieces of concrete in a few places but I managed to avoid stubbing my toe (always a risk) as one black toe (legacy of EcoTrail) is quite enough.
The pubs on the river at Richmond were starting to get busy (a cold beer looked a lot better than my Nuun) and running past someone on Richmond bridge eating fish & chips made me feel really hungry so I increased the pace and headed back to get Oliver, and some dinner.
Note to self: take money on runs so you can buy dinner!