They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Feeling a bit creaky again after a fairly quick 7 mile run last night round Hyde Park, St James Park and Green Park. London has such a wealth of open spaces to go running.

Have been remembering the Jane Fonda film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? about the Depression era dance marathon. Will try and dance my way around the course. Have spoken at work to a couple of runners who have lost their jobs and are running to keep fit and focussed.

Looking forward to reading AGE MATTERS in Runner’s World.


Hip hip, hooray, I found my Garmin GPS running watch in my bike pannier, where I had so carefully packed it for accessibility, but couldn’t remember all last week.

The upshot is that my runs around Hyde Park were shorter than I’d guesstimated. On Friday I ran round the outside of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park and clocked up 4.15 miles. So around Hyde Park alone must be somewhat less.

On Saturday, I cycled five miles over to my brother’s place in Dartmouth Park, then with him and my sis-in-law we ran our usual 9 miles in 16 half mile laps and a bit more to start and finish. The weather was lovely and we all felt on good form, but didn’t run any faster than usual. Back to their place for delicious vegetable soup with my mum who’s down in London for the weekend, then cycled the five miles back to Baywater.

Training definitely back on track!