8 weeks until the Amsterdam marathon, 5 weeks of living in London! Here’s how training (and life) went this week:
Monday: 7 recovery miles before work, 10 min core + 20 min lower body on Peloton after work.
When I run along the Thames path to Regent’s Canal to the east, some parts of the canal pass under tunnels that are a little narrow and sketch, especially when cyclists are coming through the other way. I really don’t want to fall into the water!
Tuesday: A walk with the pups followed by a 3.1 mile run commute with my colleague, and then a 3 mile run commute home. 10 min core on Peloton. I’ve really enjoyed this Tuesday run commute, for the company and for a nice change from the tube.
I use the FastpackHER 20 Ultimate Direction backpack; you can squeeze a lot into that bag, including a laptop, makeup, work clothes + shoes, and a 2nd running outfit for the run home!
Wednesday: 8 easy miles before work, 10 min core + 20 min upper body on Peloton after work.
Thursday: Mid-week long; 9.5 miles with some intervals in there. 10 min core after. Made it to Victoria Park for a bit!
Between dog walking, walking to a quick appointment, and walking to dinner, it was another 10 mile walking day. It snuck up on me!
Friday: Rest day from running! I started the day instead with a longer dog walk before settling in to work from home. The train and tube workers were on strike, so most people worked from home as the buses were the only way to get around (other than walking or taxis/Uber!)
10 min core + 20 min upper body, plus another 9 miles of walking. These two gals get a lot of walks!
Saturday: 17 mile long run- 4.5 solo, then met up with a new friend Katy at Victoria Park, 8.5 miles with her at a slightly faster pace (she’s a 3:05 marathoner but coming back from injury, so ran my moderate pace), 4 miles solo to get home.
After a quick shower, we took both dogs on the tube back to Victoria Park to let them off leash (er- “off lead” as they say here in London!) and they ran around for awhile. We also grabbed lunch and ice cream cones at the Pavilion cafe.
We took the central line out to Victoria Park, which is notoriously quite warm and loud. Matilda wasn’t so sure about it, and hid behind Dustin’s legs.
We brought the dogs back home and then went back out for more exploring, this time taking the tube out to Maida Vale past Regent’s Park and Marylebone to walk along “Little Venice.”
I’ve found a lot of great self-guided walks on this “A Lady in London” blog, so we really just followed her directions!
The canal in this part of London is just gorgeous.
I found my houseboat!
The canal passes by the London zoo, which is pretty neat! Eventually we ended up in Camden at the bustling Camden Market, where we had an early dinner at a Jamaican restaurant. It was another day of 10 miles of walking and over 50,000 steps between the walking and the long run!
Sunday: 6 mile run with Ruth & Dustin along the Thames before heading out for more exploring. We took the overground train out to Greenwich. The Royal Observatory is there (a World Heritage site) where you can stand across the Prime Meridian. East and west hemispheres at the same time!
We then checked out Greenwich market and eventually had our first fish and chips (and mushy peas, of course!) since moving here!
Summary: 54 miles of running, 40 miles of walking!, daily core (mostly), a mix of strength on the Peloton app.
Next weekend is a long weekend for a bank holiday, so we rented a cottage (dog-friendly of course!) in the Cotswolds. If anyone has been there before, please send tips! The Cotswolds is an “AONB” or Area of Natural Beauty, apparently a very British place to visit, with castles and charming villages. Stay tuned for lots of pictures!
In other news, we found a place to live! We will be moving to Hampstead on September 5th. Hampstead is still London, just not central London where we are now, it’s a neighborhood on the NW side. The biggest appeal of Hampstead is that we are right next to Hampstead Health, one of the biggest parks in London. Hampstead is also very dog-friendly. The flat is 3.7 miles from my office, so I can still run commute; otherwise its a quick ride on the Northern line tube to get there. Google Hampstead to get a feeling for what it’s like; the village of Hampstead is really cute and has quite a charming British vibe.
We won’t have views of Tower Bridge every day, but I think we will all be a bit happier in Hampstead.
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!
I love that you already found a new running friend! Looks like you are all settling in nicely to your surroundings.
It’s really nice to see all your exploring and the dogs (mostly) seem to be taking things in stride! I think Bandit would be nervous about the Tube too.
Good luck with your new home! And don’t fall into the canal! Everything looks so lovely but I’m sure it’s not all easy either.
You are totally right, there are definitely challenges and adjustments along the way. I will write a post about them!
Yay on finding a place to live! I thought of you when I heard about the tube/train strike. Glad you still will be able to run to work.
It’s great that you are finding new running buddies.
I’m impressed at how much you are taking the dogs out on the trains. Ruth is becoming quite cosmopolitan. 🙂
That canal is so gorgeous. I’d rather be there than going through that sketchy tunnel!
Thanks for thinking of me Coco!
Trying to meet some new running friends; I haven’t researched running clubs a ton yet but it seems like a lot of them run in the evening which won’t work for me!
This is all very exciting! I can’t wait to see pictures from the Cotswolds, and of course I want to hear all about Hamstead. 40 miles of walking for the week is incredible. That would be a lot for anyone, but it’s on top of 54 miles of running!!! Are your legs extra tired, or are you used to it by now?
The walking sneaks up on me, but without a car, everything requires at least a mile!
So exciting that you found a place to live. It sounds a little more low key than living in London. I can’t wait to hear about it!
And about the Cotswolds! Enjoy!
Hampstead is still London, just the name of the neighborhood. I guess it’s like the difference between living in the Loop in Chicago vs living in Lincoln Park? I don’t really know the Chicago equivalent but something like that!
Looks like you’ve done a great job acclimating to your new location, Jessie! I love all the exploring you’ve been doing…so many sights to see and experience. Thanks for all the pics 😉
Thanks for reading Kim!
Five weeks in London already, wow. Glad you’ve found a permanent place and can stil navigate the train issues. Like Coco I thought of you when I read about the strike
Dogs seem to be settling in well.
I was in London this time four years ago. I miss it. So glad for your pics
Thanks for thinking of me Cari!
Congrats on finding a place to live! Sounds like it will be a great spot for you.
Love seeing all of your photos and awesome job with all those walking miles! Looks like you’re really learning your way around.
Congrats on finding a home! It sounds perfect and how great to be right by a park for the dogs. You will love the Cotswolds! Get ready for scenic hikes, garden tours and castle visits. Blenheim Palace was amazing. I believe we stayed in Chipping Campden.
Our cottage is in Winchcombe. I’m excited!
Congrats on finding a place to live! I am sure the apartment hunting process was probably very stressful so it’s great that you will have a permanent residence in a few weeks!
It was stressful! Glad to have that sorted.
You’re becoming quite the experience ex-pat. I’m excited to have you show us around when we visit!
I’m looking forward to it! But tell me what you’re interested in!!
Great news and updates! Thanks for sharing all the interesting sights and views!
Thanks for reading!
Yay! You find a place to live. That’s great. I cannot wait to come visit London and see all these things you are posting. Your pics are great. I’d say your workouts are pretty spot on in regards to being ready for Amsterdam. And finding that boat…haha so cool.
I hope you enjoy your time here! You’ll see a lot of it on the marathon course.
Congrats on finding a place to call home! I can’t wait to see pictures of the area.
I love that you’re finding friends to run with. In your Tuesday run commute with your colleague, the fence behind her makes it look like she’s wearing a Statue of Liberty crown. 🙂
I’ve heard of fish and chips, but not mushy peas. From the way you said it, they must be a standard with fish and chips. Are they seasoned a special way, or just mashed up peas?
Haha it does look like a crown, too funny!
I guess it’s common to serve with mushy peas, that was new to me. Literally just smashed peas, no special seasoning other than maybe salt and pepper!
Hampstead is lovely, well done! My best friend walks there with her sisters and grown-up kids quite a lot.
Oh and I always walk under canal bridges! Often they have “scorchers”, those raised bricks to help the boaters and horses grip, so a trip hazard, too!
You are really acclimating beautifully to your new home. I am so jealous of everything you are getting to do and see, and I can’t wait to see how your next marathon turns out.
Thank yo Jenn for your support!