I really wanted to get my run done early today, but Edward said he wanted us to set off to the swimming pool straight after breakfast. Only one thing for it then, run to the pool! We only moved here at the beginning of November and, as I haven’t done much running in that time, I haven’t had a chance to explore the area much, so the idea of setting off on a new route is slightly daunting. At our old house, I had a huge selection of running routes to choose from, collected over a period of about six years from different points, so I could easily head off in any direction and not get lost, even if my run for that day needed to cover eighteen miles or so! With the weather being so cold and icy recently, we have been hibernating, so Janathon will give me a chance to explore a bit more and venture further than the park at the end of our road (handy, but it’s tempting to stay within its cosy confines).
One of the marvellous things we have discovered about our new area is that, if you go to one of the swimming pools in Lewisham at the weekend and show your library cards, a family of up to two adults and two children can swim for free! We have a pool about ten minutes walk away, but we thought we’d try the Wavelengths pool in Deptford today. So, the boys went to catch a bus, and I headed out in my new running shoes – no rain today, so they remained bright and white:
It turns out that the pool is only about two and a half miles from home, so I had to run a bit further then turn back to make it up to the three miles I wanted to cover. This means that I could easily reach Greenwich or Blackheath in about twenty minutes, so many fantastic routes to be discovered there, no doubt. The pool was great fun: lovely and warm, clean (unlike the pool we used to go to with its floating poo, cockroaches and the like) and they even had some waves, bubbles and jets of (cold) water to make us shriek and gasp. I love our family swim sessions.
After all this activity, we headed off to China Town to meet some north London friends that we hadn’t seen since our move. We ate dim sum, chatted, walked through St James’ Park and the boys enjoyed each other’s company once again:
Janathon day 2:
Time: 33 minutes 24 seconds
Distance: 3.12 miles
Average Pace: 10.42
Best Pace: 7.35