OK, how bossy can a person be???? I’m heading out of town tomorrow morning and will be away for the next two weeks, but am still telling you where I think you should run! I promise you can do whatever you want to do – just push the delete button if you don’t want to hear the suggestions! Not only am I going to tell you where to go, but I’m coming up with some pretty mundane routes so you’ll really miss me. I’m thinking it may be a good idea for everyone to run some version of the same route for the next two weeks. We have a number of new additions to the group who may still be figuring out where they belong in terms of pace. If everyone is running in the same direction, then maybe we’ll see where those natural groupings occur.
- Fast Group – Battersea Park. I know we just did this route a couple of weeks ago, but it’s the perfect distance (10 miles) for those of you doing the half-marathon on 9 October and most of us know the route.
- Front of the mid-level Group – Those of you wanting to try to make the transition to the fast group – go for it! This is a great route for you to push yourself. If you don’t think you can do 10 miles at a strong pace, then consider running the first 7.5 miles of the route at finish at Green Park tube station or do the 10 miles just trying to keep those girls in sight. If you prefer a loop, you could run down with the group to Sloane Square then turn around and retrace your steps (that’s also about 7.5 miles round-trip).
- Core of the mid-level Group – You girls have been amazing. Your distances are getting longer and you’re cracking me up with the “Oh, we only ran 6.5 miles yesterday” attitude. If you’ve been steadily increasing your mileage, I’d shoot for 7.5 miles. That would give you lots of options – you could do either of the 7.5 mile suggestions above or you could do a loop around Hyde Park instead (8 miles which you can shorten to about 7.6 miles by cutting off the end of the park – just turn south on the broadwalk by the Peter Pan playground instead of going behind and in front of Kensington Palace).