Reflections on the Grind

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Orchid 5k Blue River Run

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Just for my own record, this is a recap of the 5 km race last week.

Wed 25 April 2012
5 km, 21:00 min

It was raining all afternoon before the race. The rain let up a little bit but there were still showers by race time of 6 pm. There were about 100 or so participants gathering at the start line in Paternoster Square. Most dressed in blue in support of the Orchid male cancer charity. Nan, Aim, and I stationed ourselves in the nearby Starbucks to stay warm and comfy. I brought a singlet but decided to wear the event t-shirt on top of it because of the chilly weather. I wore my new red shoes, the New Balance minimus zero (MR00) that I bought at the marathon expo on Friday.

The race was quite casual. There was no official clock to keep time so I used my own watch. The runners were started in several waves, with faster runners going first. Each wave had a route leader. I chose to go out with the first group as the leader announced the goal time of about 22 min.

Shortly after we started, we had to stop at a road crossing. The leader didn’t wait for green pedestrian light and just ran in front of the cars. So I followed, carefully. After that we ran along Thames river in a windy condition. The paced was quick but not difficult to keep up. The first 2.5 km was done in about 10:20. After the half-way turnaround, two or three runners broke away from the group leader, while I decided to stay with her as I didn’t really remember the way back. We had to wait to cross the same street again. I finished in 21:00—a slightly slower second half. 4th or 5th position. Time and placing really didn’t matter much though. People were pretty laid back in this event. I had fun in my first 5 km race in over 10 years.

Afterward, we went to a Korean restaurant to celebrate a nice day.

… and just some final notes to recap our trip. I loved eating in London. The food was one of my favorite things about the city. Places we ate at/from are:

  • Eat. (soup/pie/salad)
  • Hummingbird Bakery (cupcakes)
  • Harvester (grill)
  • Four Seasons (Chinese)
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen (burgers)
  • Masters Super Fish (fish & chips)
  • Loch Fyne (seafood)
  • Misato (Japanese)
  • Starbucks (cafe)
  • Costa (cafe)
  • Belgo (Belgian)
  • Assa (Korean)
  • Polpo (Italian)
  • Golden Union Fish Bar (fish & chips)
  • Patogh (Iranian)
  • Pret (salad)
  • Supermarkets: Iceland (ham, salmon, salads, fruits), Sainsbury’s (chicken, sandwich), Marks & Spencer (soups, fish, chicken, scones), Whole Foods Market (yogurts, nuts, cheese)
  • Open-air markets: Portobello, Covent Garden, Borough
  • last but not least: at home, by chef George (steaks, fries, and salad)

So that wraps up the recount of our London trip.

Marty and George at Patogh

Marty and George at Patogh

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Written by Rop

May 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

Posted in running, travel

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