It’s marathon week! My 40th marathon will be on October 16, 2022! Technically this a recap of two weeks out from the race.
Monday: 7.5 mile morning run around Regent’s park.
About a year ago, I tweaked my back so bad, and it was sore for a week. I did it again and have no idea how, but I spent most of my “strength training” time just doing a bunch of downward and upward dogs, cat and cow poses, and really working to loosen it up. The stretching hurt, but it definitely helped.
Monday was also a little stressful as I “broke up” with our regular dog walker; it was a really bad fit. We’re back to Rover, which seems to be a better option. I met with a new dog walker that evening from Rover who seems amazing. But overall, dog care is a lot harder here! In the US, we had friends and family, as well as Pampered Pooch Playground for boarding. A lot of boarding places here have long waiting lists and/or require you to also be a regular doggy daycare client. Ruth goes once a week to Bruce’s doggy daycare (where she gets picked up in a van and taken out to the country to run all day!) but they don’t offer boarding there. So we are still struggling a bit for our Christmas trip to Finland….tough time of year to find care!
BUT- Ruth and Matilda are 100% worth any hassle. They are just the best good girls, (no matter what mean dog walkers say about them!)
Tuesday: 5 mile run with Ruth up Primrose Hill. Lovely little morning. 10 min core + 10 min upper body on Peloton.
Wednesday: Rest day from running. More stretching, then 10 min core + a 20 min Ally Love barre class on Peloton. Lots of walking, its the London way!
And lots of off-lead time for Ruth and Matilda at the Heath.
Thursday: Last big workout! 3 miles easy, 4x(1 mile marathon effort + 1/2 mile faster + 1/2 mile jog), 1 mile cooldown for 12 miles total. That was a big one to do before work, but I planned it for a wfh day when I have a little more time in the morning. It was a windy but lovely London morning and I felt pretty good on this run. I ran by the London zoo and saw the zebras and a warthog. I’m sure true Londoners don’t get as excited, but I think its kind of neat to run right past the animals!
Friday: Ruth run again to Primrose and then a bit around Regent’s. I think this was her first time running around Regent’s. She said hi to a giraffe at the zoo!
Saturday: 10 mile long run. Shorter than my workout earlier this week!
Sunday: 5 mile run with Dustin and Ruth on the trails at the Heath.
And…our first visitors arrived! My younger sister Laurie, her husband Jeff, his sister Heidi and her husband Adam arrived for three nights with us in London before they take the train to Paris. We have a lot of fun activities planned! It might not be 100% perfect timing to have visitors the week of our marathon, but honestly, I am not worried about that. The marathon is important, but family and visitors are more important. I’m excited to show them our new life here.
Summary: 45 miles of running.
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wow, I can’t believe you have run 40 marathons! That’s quite an accomplishment. Hope you have so much fun in Amsterdam and have some time to explore too. It is such an interesting city
Well, I have only completed 39, still need to complete that 40th!
Who calls themselves a dog walker and is mean to dogs? I’ll never understand people. Glad you realized it wasn’t a good fit. I hope you sort it out. Dogs are family members!
Have fun with your visitors! I bet it will be nice to see some familiar faces.
Right?? It was such a bad fit. At first I thought it was cultural and I was trying to be okay with the way she treated me, but I know there are great Rovers out there, so we’ll just go there instead.
So lovely to see family. I hadn’t seen my sister Laurie since my mom’s funeral.
I am sorry about the back! It’s always so annoying when we don’t know how we did it. Also sorry about the dog walker problem. We’ve never really had friends or family to do that for us. Part of why we haven’t gotten a second dog again.
Have fun with your company AND your marathon!
Its weird that the back came out of nowhere, but its feeling so much better!
I cannot imagine how Scooby would act at a zoo! He would either lose his mind or be so overwhelmed he wouldn’t do anything.
I also can’t imagine a dog walker not liking your dogs — good riddance to them!
When do you travel to Amsterdam?
I think there are always a lot of new smells for Ruth here, but once she saw the giraffe actually move, she was very interested!
I am so excited for your marathon and cannot wait to hear how it goes. You have definitely put in the work. That last hard workout sounds like a great one. I hope you get some time to explore the city as well.
Dog care is pretty easy here and I hope you get it figured. Yes, our babies are worth all of the hassle.
I can now relate to some of your pictures. London was great fun. We covered a lot of ground with our running and walking. So glad you get to enjoy it daily.
I’m so glad you had a lot of fun in London Michele!
Sorry to hear about your back 🙁 Back pain is truly the worst because sometimes it just comes out of nowhere. Sorry to hear about the break up with the dog walker but hopefully the new walker from Rover will be great!
Totally! Its feeling a lot better, but I don’t know how it happened.
So far the new Rovers are much much better…
Sorry to hear about the back crankiness! Mine has been having some attitude recently as well…I can’t help but wonder if it’s all related to my glute/hip stuff (?). I know everything is connected, LOL. Enjoy your house guests!!
Thanks Kim! It was so great to see my sister.
Arg! Sorry to hear about the back issue… but I’m glad it doesn’t seem to be affecting your running (phew!) i’ve grown very fond of Ruth and Matilda by now, and I hope you get the dog walking and boarding straightened out- they deserve the best!
GOOD LUCK in the marathon! I’m excited for you. I hope it’s an amazing experience and I can’t wait to hear all about it.
Aww thanks Jenny! Ruth and Matilda are good pups, no matter what some people say 🙂
did you say 40??? Whoa!!
Enjoy Amsterdam It’s such a fun and interesting city. Hope your back behaves.
Not yet! Only 39 so far.
I’m so sorry for the dog care struggles – hope you get it resolved soon.
Enjoy your visitors and best of luck with your marathon!
Thank you Michelle!
40. Wow. Congratulations and happy early birthday!
I love the puppers’ ears on the off leash pic. Boo mean dog walkers. Glad you made the right decision for their and your sanity.
Re: Christmas boarding, Nicola and James have a dog. they’re not in London as you know but might have some tips or London friends with dogs.
Sorry you’ve had trouble with the dog walkers, that’s awful. It’s very difficult, isn’t it. I can ask my best friend if her sister knows anyone good as they are in North London. In fact I just have. Hope your back’s OK – I’ve just been given cat/cow for mine, although I’ve also been told not to run for three weeks (I was in such excruciating pain that I shouted out so it was quite serious and I have some strong drugs too) so I hope that eases and you have a smooth ride to the marathon!
Thanks for your help Liz! The Rovers we’ve started with all seem great so far- surprisingly many Rovers are Americans!
So much fun! And it sounds like you are so ready! With 40 marathons under your belt, you’re kind of a pro!
I must have worded that wrong, as Amsterdam was to be 40, I’ve only completed 39!
Oh no, I hope your back is feeling better. Be careful and don’t overdo it – it was my back that put an end to my long distance running.
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family’s visit! And here’s hoping you can find someone who loves Matilda and Ruth and becomes a good option for care when you’re away.
Thank you Debbie. I will be careful with my back, I know how important back health is!
I’m so excited to hear about your marathon. I hope it’s a great day for all of the runners!! Sorry about your back and dog walker. That’s a stressful situation for sure.
I agree – I would be excited about seeing the animals in a zoo too!