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


Written by Rop

May 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

Posted in running, travel

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