Barefoot Ted, parkrun and Richmond – Teddington Lock 10 mile circuit – 1st July 2012

After my 69 mile ultra last Saturday (www.thewalllrun.com) I’d taken it easy with no running until I attended Barefoot Ted’s talk at the London “Run and Become” running store on Friday. Barefoot Ted will be known to many runners as the character in Chris McDougall’s best-selling book “Born to Run”.

I met Ted last year at his talk and it was good to go for a short run with him around Green Park. even my son Sam came with us, making it the furthest he has run in a long time. I must get him to buy his own Luna Sandals and stop borrowing mine!

I did my usual parkrun at Bushy Park on Saturday morning (along with 819 others) and was pleased to finish in 23:09. Topped it off by joining a parkrun volunteer photo with Paul Sinton-Hewitt (parkrun CEO & Founder).

I awoke to brilliant sunshine on Sunday morning, grabbed my gear, tied on my Luna’s and set out at 8am for a 10 mile circuit along the Thames.

It was hard to believe that 1 week earlier I was just gingerly climbing into bed having completed my 69 mile run.

The river at Richmond was quite busy but not enough to spoil the view along the river from Richmond towards Ham House.

I saw a few runners on the river path, but not as many as I would have thought on such a pleasant morning.

The photo below shows the trail that continues all the way to Kingston and beyond. Its a bit rocky in places but good practice for careful foot placement in sandals. Practice that came in very useful a week ago. I consider myself very lucky to be able to run in places like this.

The legs felt good, with no traces of tiredness so as long as I don’t wake up tomorrow with sore legs it looks like the post-ultra repair work is complete, enabling me to get back into my normal running schedule. That said, the only race I have got coming up is Bristol half Marathon on 30th September and the Cabbage Patch 10 mile in mid October.

At Teddington Lock I crossed over the river (I’d have loved to carry on to Kingston but wanted to get home before everyone wakes up) and headed back through Teddington towards home.

A nice run, at around 10:30 min/mile pace a great start to a sunny Sunday, alas it rained later (but I had already had the best bit of the day).

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4 thoughts on “Barefoot Ted, parkrun and Richmond – Teddington Lock 10 mile circuit – 1st July 2012

  1. It looks like you’re having some lovely weather at the moment!

    800-odd to parkrun is huge – the one that I go to in Brisbane has the Australian attendance record and that’s only 280.

    You must be very pleased to have recovered so well from the ultra 🙂

    • Alas apart from that sunshine on my run Sunday morning it has done nothing but rain since!

      I was very pleased at my recovery from the ultra, the only soreness was the bottom of my feet as I should have worn my 10mm Leadvilles rather than my 8mm Leadvilles as the extra 2mm would have been appreciated in the later stages.

      My next race is not till October (Bristol Half Marathon) so I might have a go at beating my longtime PB/PR of 1:48. I’ll be back to my normal training routine this week of 2×10 mile runs in the week and a 10-20 mile on Sunday.

      Bushy parkrun is a bit of a monster, but with the double funnel we can cope with the peak throughput of 80-90 runners a minute crossing the finish line!

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