So. I’ve been lax about posting here, but I’ve not been skimping on the training. I’ve started walking home from work – just over 6 miles in total, from Vauxhall to Tooting – a couple of times a week. On Tuesday I managed to work in some running too, running for 2.5 minutes at a time 12 times, which by my reckoning works out at half an hour.
I’m pretty sure I’ve never run for half an hour in my life before.
On Thursday I walked 7 miles from Vauxhall to Stratford – my god that’s a bleak walk towards the end, once you get the far side of Bow. All industrial buildings, building sites, the Olympic park squatting on your left and everything looking terribly Marie Celeste at gone 7pm. The nice thing from my perspective was that the walk went cross-Tubes, so I won’t be repeating it as part of the main event.
I’ve been gearing up for today, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a bit of an anti-climax. Today I’m doing the Waterloo & City line.
At just over 2 miles of walking, this should be an absolute breeze unless I somehow manage to fall in the Thames on the way. There are two stations, Waterloo and Bank. The current plan is to start after lunch at Waterloo and take a nice, leisurely stroll to Bank. Then, if I’m feeling particularly cocky, I might do it again backwards. Please note, this is not something I’ll be attempting on any of the other lines.
The nice thing about today, for all it’ll feel very easy after what I’ve been working on, is that I will be properly started at last. It’ll be one down, 10 to go, and I can say to folks who have yet to donate that at least it’s a work in progress.
And, of course, it’s all good practice for the Victoria Line, all 15 miles of which is planned for next Saturday…