Palindromic Running

Yesterday’s post brought the last communication from the London Marathon organisers before I pick up my race number in just under 4 weeks. It included what the number will be – something that pleased the part of me that rather likes a bit of symmetry – 23832.

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So this morning’s run attempted to reflect it with two sets of largely hilly intervals of 200m, 300m, 800m … I am sure you can work the rest out. They took me up to the hills around Horniman Gardens which is one of my favourite parks with some lovely views over London.

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Then back home through Brockley and Ladywell Cemetry.

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Earlier in the week, I had approached the week’s long run with a degree of trepidation after last week’s illness as I still feeling tired and a bit ‘bunged up’ – I needn’t have worried too much though, I managed a fraction under 20 miles at 8:10 pace, which included the long slog up Anerley Hill from Elmers End. I was tired come the end, but part of that was to do with a chunk of the run being part of ‘club run’ and trying to keep up with 7:35 pace for nearly 3 miles. Needless to say, there were some issues with lactic acid for a couple of days.

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3 thoughts on “Palindromic Running

  1. NOMADICLES

    I am impressed that you can maintain 8:10 pace for 20 miles. My LA Marathon training made me realize that I can only maintain a pace that I like up to about 15-17 miles. It made me seriously think about managing efforts and energy. Going in the race, I knew I hadn’t figured it out yet. Best wishes on your race.

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  2. WalkToRio

    That was a beautiful day in London.
    I like symmetry too, I’m a bit OCD about it. I had a race in Rio 2 weeks ago, the number was 8818, that 1 there keeps driving me crazy, but I still don’t know if it’s the first 8 or the 1.

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