WELL DONE to ALL of you on Thursday! We had a looonnnggg 3 weeks off and I know it was difficult to keep up the running. But you guys kicked ass on Thursday. You may have been a bit sore after Thursday and that is totally normal. I can tell you that many of the regular MWF runners were sore last week from getting back into the routine.
Well, we are really starting things this week. Up until now, we have been building our muscles and our lungs and our psyche to know that we can run for 60 minutes. We will now start to add on a bit each Thursday to build you up to the distance you need to run that race. The other thing to know is that while we plan the runs for a certain amount of time, we won’t all finish the planned distance at that time. So depending on your pace for that day, you may run a little less than the expected time or a little more, but we will all need to run the same distance for the race so we all need to build up to that distance even if it takes different times for each of you.Think of how far you’ve come – it really is amazing. We can’t wait to watch you grow from here!
A few reminders:
- You should be running 3 times per week now
- The Tuesday run should be about 45 minutes and the weekend run should be about 30 minutes (Tuesday runs will get longer in a few weeks, but not yet)
- It is OK to break up into smaller pace groups on your weekend and Tuesday runs but it is normal for pace groups to ebb and flow from week to week
- Bring water for the Thursday runs
- Eat something before the Thursday runs
- The Thursday run is SLOW
We cannot emphasize enough that the way to build up to the half is to just put in the time and miles. Also, it is important to understand that the pace groups will continue to morph throughout our training and that is completely normal. Some days you feel like you want to be towards the front, sometimes you feel like it’s just not your day and you’re slower. This happens in the M/W/F group, too. We have lots of time and as you know, it’s about finishing and feeling good about it, not about how fast you can go. Save that for next year. Also, as we run for longer times on Thursdays, we will continue to make you run more slowly than you might otherwise. Running slowly builds your body and muscles in a different way. I will send our founder, Paula’s, lengthy description of that next week.
Water and Nutrition
As our runs get longer, you will want water along to hydrate. It will make you feel better on the run and will help your body recover faster. Also, please please eat something, just a little something, before our Thursday runs. We don’t want you feeling faint from lack of energy. Maybe some yogurt or a banana – just a little something for your body to use to fuel you. As our runs get longer in a few weeks, we will talk to you about fueling for much longer runs and during the race, but we’re not ready for that yet.
The route this week:
Please make sure to bring your Oyster Card or contactless card for the tube ride back. Also, you might want to have some cash – not all vendors accept cards. We will head first to Monmouth Coffee – legendary filter coffee – and then we can head into the market together or separately or head home – whatever works for everyone.
Borough Market via Westminster Bridge
We head to Hyde Park via the usual route: start heading west on Circus Road and turn left on Grove End and follow south as it becomes Lisson Grove. Cross over Marylebone Road and continue on Seymour Place until the end. Turn right and cross over Edgware Road and then left to enter Hyde Park at the intersection with Stanhope Place. Run along the eastern edge of the park to Hyde Park Corner, under Wellington Arch and down Constitution Hill. Run past the Victoria Memorial down the mall and enter St. James Park. Run over the pond and out of the park, turning left onto Birdcage Walk and down into Parliament Square to Big Ben. Continue past Big Ben and cross Westminster Bridge. After the bridge turn left to run along the Thames until the river path ends after Southwark Bridge. Borough Market is under the railway bridge near the London Bridge station.