Civil unrest is a perfectly good excuse for not running

I had planned to do my tempo run at lunchtime today.  4 miles, said the schedule, and 4 miles on a weekday lunchtime normally means a pleasant trip down the Embankment and round St James’ Park, via Parliament Square.  Today though, Parliament Square and the surrounding streets looked like this:

On second thoughts, perhaps not. 

Of course, there are other routes I could have run from my office (although, as we are so close, all of them would have suffered to some extent from hordes of students making their way down to Westminster), and there is also always the treadmill.  But as it was I woke up this morning with a sore throat and the beginnings of the traditional pre-Christmas cold, and the students provided a perfect excuse to stay behind my desk and try to beat the cold off with the liberal application of lemsip and biscuits.  Hopefully I’ll get an early night and will be right as rain again tomorrow morning.  (I’d better be, because sore throats and Christmas carols do not mix well, and I like nothing better at this time of year than a good old carol service.  Fortunately, my firm does a rather good one at St Bride’s, and I’d be very annoyed to be in less than fine voice for it tomorrow.)

I do at least have some running to report, though there’s not much to say about it. Yesterday’s interval session on the treadmill was perfectly satisfactory, thank you.  It was 3 x 1200m at 11.2kph, which felt much much better than last time I did that session.  Really very straightforward, in fact.  I did some weights afterwards too.

Distance: 5.6km (3.5 miles), inc 3 x 1200m @ 11.2kph
Time: 31:34
Terrain: treadmill
Time of day: 6pm
Notable features: none, unless you count there only being one run in this post instead of two


About westlondonplodder
Thirty-something London girl looking for the next big challenge

One Response to Civil unrest is a perfectly good excuse for not running

  1. Chris says:

    do you have an event you’re training for?

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