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Serpentine Running Club

In preparation for the upcoming Edinburgh Marathon, Russell and I hauled out sorry, unfit bodies to Hyde Park corner in the searing cold of London winter night time to run the "three parks" route, quoted on the serpentine website as "[Following] the outer perimeter of the historic Royal Parks of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James's Park". Hmmm, my math 'aint so hot, but isn't that four? Anyways, runners are a friendly bunch and I met some cool people last night. Many different groups go off together on a Wednesday night, ranging from a slow 4.5-mile group to a fast 16-mile group. I opted for the 7 mile 7:00 - 7:30 minutes per mile group, which upon reflection was very much closer to the 7:00 minute mark than the other end of the scale. 7 miles equates to (courtesy of my mobile's conversion application) about 11.265km, which is just about the longest run I’ve ever done. The first 5.5 miles were great; I stuck with the front group and felt strong. Russell elected to chase, quite literally, some pretty tail in the slower pack. The last 1.5 were sheer hell as my legs turned to lead and my lungs couldn't suck in enough air, but I still finished in around 50 minutes. All in all, it was a solid run and a good start to marathon training, which is now just 10 weeks away. If you want to run in London, this is the club for you. Membership is a mere £20 per year which more than pays for its self with store discounts and reduced race fees.

You can find more information on the Serpentine running club on their very useful website.

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