Thursday, 18 June 2015

Berlin Marathon: Doing The Strand

Tried a new route for the easy five miler today. Started near the Virgin Active on the Strand on a warm and sunny morning. Jogged down the north side of the Embankment, over Westminster Bridge, west on the south bank past Parliament, over Lambeth Bridge and onto Millbank then along the Embankment over Vauxhall Bridge. 
The route back was similar but I made the mistake of staying on the south bank after Westminster Bridge which meant a lot of tourist and school trip dodging around the London Eye. 

Enjoyable route nonetheless and I was glad to hydrate with a protein shake in the changing room. 
Rounded off a pretty active day by heading to the Village Underground in Shoreditch to watch the excellent Go! Team via a couple of pints of London Pale Ale in The Clachan and a couple more Hackney IPAs in the Crown and Shuttle opposite the venue. Recommend the £6 shish kebabs at the grill on the corner next to the pub. 
Warning: avoid the over-priced aeroplane-style tins of Tiger beer inside the VU. Bleurgh. 

A sluggish 40-minute tempo run down to the Thames and back after work. Felt hot, thirsty and bloated after a potsu late lunch in Itsu. Managed a reasonable 7'47 pace but never felt happy. Weird how that happens sometimes. I think I'm more of a morning runner. Warm enough for a rare alfresco salad tea on the decking. 

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