I survived a big week of training for the Vienna Marathon!
Here’s my recap of training (and life in London.)
If you missed it, I shared a recap of our weekend visit to the town of Bath, catch up HERE.
Monday: 7 miles before work, nice recovery run.
The warthogs were out at the zoo playing!
After work, I walked from the office to the Bloomsbury neighborhood to meet a friend from Instagram (i.e. we had never met in person; she was in London for vacation and reached out) for dinner at Noble Rot. It was lovely. It’s interesting when internet friends become friends in real life! I joked that the visitor was showing the local the neighborhoods as I hadn’t explored Bloomsbury yet.
Tuesday: Another track day. I did a short warm-up and then a 10 minute tempo, then 5×3 minutes hard, then a cool-down for 10 miles total. Fun morning on the track!
After work, I did an Iron Strength session- chest and back + core on Peloton.
Wednesday: Ruth and I ran together before work, 7 miles. There are these monkeys in the morning at the London Zoo (which is located in Regent’s Park) that make a very strange laser/screeching sound and it really freaks Ruth out! It’s funny how she moved to London and has met camels, zebras, giraffes, and monkeys! The benefit of running near the zoo.
Thursday: Rest day from running. I had to be to work at 7 am; I could have fit in a short run or even done a run commute, but a rest day felt best. Complete rest, I didn’t even do my 10 min core…though of course plenty of walking, since, well, London.
Friday: Felt great after yesterday’s rest day; I did a repeat of a workout I did a few weeks ago: 12 min tempo, recover, then 2×6 min tempo, for 8.5 miles total. After work, I did an Iron Strength session which was biceps and triceps.
Saturday: First 20 miler of the Vienna training cycle.
Dustin and I started together until we made it to the Thames, and then he did his own thing at his pace and I turned on some some podcasts and finished up the 20 miles solo. I took my time, taking bathroom breaks and photos, but am not worried about it. I did this big loop from Hampstead to Regent’s to St. James/Green Park to Westminster bridge to the Thames, then ran essentially on the same route we used to do from our temporary housing by the Tower of London, taking the Thames Path to Regent’s Canal past Victoria Park back past Coal Drop Yards, Camden Market, and eventually back to Hampstead.
I took three Maurten gels and had my handheld water bottle of Nuun. It was about 40F/6C, so great weather for running. In the last few miles, my ankle (the one that was broken 5 years ago) started cramping and hurting. It’s fine now, so maybe just dehydration. Not sure.
I saw a lot of London in those 20 miles!
Dustin was home and showered by the time I finished, so he took the dogs to the Heath to run around while I showered and then we went to Chinatown to eat some lunch. We ate at Four Seasons Chinatown (not the Four Seasons hotel!) and then explored “dessert alley” (Newport Place), and had a Halo ice cream from Mamason’s Ice Cream. Lovely treat; we need to go back to eat some more desserts there!
That evening, we had delicious dinner at Cinnamon Bazaar before going to see the musical Six. Everyone had raved about Six, and I wanted to see it in London as it was written by two Cambridge students. It’s a fun musical about Henry the VIII’s six wives. I thought it was fun, though Dustin found it pretty corny. Guess my 2023 theater goals might not always include him, ha 🙂
Sunday: 8 mile run with Dustin and Ruth, followed by all kinds of fun celebrations for Matilda’s 14th birthday! Be sure to check out their instagram for more.
Summary: 60 miles of running and 2 Iron Strength sessions.
This upcoming week will be a cutback, then another 20, cutback, then 22, then taper.
That’s a wrap! I’m linking up with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner; check out their blogs to connect with other fitness bloggers for workout ideas and inspiration!
Just love following along… you see such interesting sights on your run and do such fun things.
I actually nixed plans to see Six in NYC. I’m thinking of &Juliet…
Kudos on your training progress… it’s moving so quickly!
Thanks Darlene for reading! & Juliet is a fun one. I liked Six as well, but I’m an easy sell!
I would definitely trust you to give me a foot tour of London! Great job on that 20 miler.
Well, you let me know if you’re ever visiting!
Nice going on your 20 miler! I have just gotten into Maurten and I like the bars. I have a gel to try but slightly nervous about how much caffeine there is in there. Everyone is talking about six. It is on my list too.
I didn’t know Maurten made bars! I only use their gels. Dustin uses their drink mix but I don’t like it.
Aw, happy birthday to Matilda!
It can be tough to plan such a long run. You definitely need to take photo stops to document your route!
You are clicking right along toward Vienna! Happy Birthday to Matilda! I don’t think I ever visited London’s Chinatown….if I did I don’t recall. The London theater scene is such a vibrant one. Glad you are enjoying it!
I’m doing my best to take advantage of the theater scene right outside my office/door!
Chinatown is a little overwhelming as there are just soooo many places to eat but we found a few helpful Conde Nast articles with recommendations that were good!
Happy birthday to Matilda! That’s awesome.
I’m so impressed that you ran 20 miles, then went to a play & dinner! I’d be snoozing away at home. Of course I’ve never run 20 miles anyway. 🙂
I hope the ankle is just a one & done thing.
I’ll pass along the birthday wishes 🙂 She’s the sweetest old lady.
I really could have used a nap between the 20 miler and the theater, but fortunately it was a loud-fast musical, so no chance I’d get sleepy!
What a busy week, Jessie! Great job on that 20-miler 😉 Awhhh, Happy Birthday to dear Matilda 😉
Sounds like you had a fun and fitness filled week! Congrats on your Strava local legend status.
Happy 14th birthday to Matilda!
Ah, yes, I have a few of those local legends here- Dustin and I go back and forth losing and winning them back between each other, ha!
OMG Happy Birthday to the Birthday Princess!!! I’m sure she loved the hat.
I know a lot of people use them, but I HATE handhelds! I know it was 40 degrees (I’m so envious) but maybe you didn’t have enough fluids? It’s so hard to get it right. Anyway, it must have felt great to get that 20 miler done.
I’m off to check out your Bath post!!!
I don’t mind the handheld, but always feel “lighter” when/if I get rid of it.
I do think I needed more fluids, even when its chillier, I still lose a lot during 20 miles.
So fun you could get together with an internet friend for dinner. Isn’t it great that you can take the internet friendship to IRL friendship so easily? 🙂
Awesome work on the 20 miler – that’s an impressive pace. Running around London sounds like it’s fun and distracting!
The internet is actually a positive sometimes- it connects like-minded people who otherwise would never know each other!
Happy birthday, sweet Matilda! What a gorgeous girl.
I love all your photos from your runs. It must be a dream to run in and around London. Sigh.
Six isn’t touring by me, yet. I hope it does, soon. And I love those warthogs!
Ha, I love the warthogs too! Who says they are ugly?? No way 🙂
So many interesting things to see on your runs! I get excited if I get to pass more than 2 people on my runs. haha! I am totally clueless about what is happening in theater. We don’t get any shows around here! I wish we did though. I would love to go see some shows. Great job on your workouts. Glad you are still feeling strong!
Thanks Lisa! I’m trying my best so far in 2023 to see all the shows!