Hello all from London! It’s been an interesting week; just four weeks until my 40th marathon. Here’s how training (and life) went this week!
Monday: First run commute from the new place!
It should really only be 4 miles, but I ran through Regent’s Park and missed a turn, so it turned into 7.7. Eeks! I also ran through Green Park and saw all the flowers for the Queen. This was just the beginning; now there are multiple floral tribute areas in multiple parks. It’s incredible. So many flowers.
Monday was also Ruth’s first day at Bruce’s Doggy Daycare. They picked her up in a van (another dog, Archie, from our building goes to Bruce’s too!) and drove her out to the countryside where she had all kinds of fun, with various sniffing challenges and obstacles and just running around! She is signed up to go there once a week. Matilda, at the age of 13, might not get as much out of it, so we are holding off on sending her along at this time.
Ruth had a blast!
Tuesday: Tuesday trail 10k in the Heath before work.
On the days that Dustin and I are both in the office, and Ruth isn’t at Bruce’s Doggy Daycare, we have lined up another dog walker to give the girls a break in the day, via Hampstead Dogsitters. The owner brought her dog over when she met with us. Ruth and Matilda’s first visitor inside the new place!
Wednesday: Track workout! My first time on the Parliament track that I mentioned last week. 3 miles easy, then alternating sets of 800m, rest, 400m rest, with 1 mile cool-down for 9 miles total. I had so much fun and actually hit the paces for once. Yay!
That evening, we walked a bit to the other side of Hampstead to check out the Wells Tavern for dinner. It was recommended by some of Dustin’s colleagues; it was in a quite lovely part of Hampstead (gorgeous homes over there.) Dogs are allowed inside on the main floor (not the upper floor restaurant, which is nicer.)
We only brought Ruth this time; one dog at a time is a bit easier than two! It was her first dinner inside. She actually did a pretty good job.
Thursday: 7 mile run with a lap of Regent’s Park and I cut through the Sculpture park which was neat.
Friday: Finally a wfh day. Ruth and I did a quick 5.5 mile run through the Heath, followed by some body weight strength and core on Peloton (finally…) I’m really struggling to fit in strength. Some of it is motivation without having actual weights to use….
Saturday: 19 mile long run on a gorgeous London morning! Dustin ran with me to Hyde park, then we split up and I had a few miles solos before connecting with my friend Katy, who had 21 miles on her schedule (she’s running London.) Then we split up and I went home, ending with 19 miles for the day.
Post-run, we walked the pups for a good 3-ish miles, grabbing some sandwiches at the M&S Food near us. Then we took the train to Camden where we had appointments to get the Moderna bivalent booster! We actually need the booster to get into the Netherlands. It’s still important when traveling in Europe to check each country’s regulations. The Netherlands requires your last shot to be less than 180 days ago, and ours were not.
It was our first time navigating the NHS; we had to register with a local GP to get an NHS number. And technically this is our first shot in the UK system, so now we need to schedule an appointment with NHS to add the rest of our vaccine history to their files. But for now, at least we are good to get into Amsterdam in four weeks.
*Note we do have private medical insurance here, as many people do, but the NHS manages the vaccines.
The Pfizer bivalent booster isn’t approved here, so Moderna was my only option. All my previous vaccines were Pfizer; I’ve heard that Moderna side effects will hit 24 hours after the shot. So far, I feel okay, but will keep you posted if things change this afternoon.
That night we had dinner in Islington, a new-to-us neighborhood, at a place called Restaurant 12:51. Delicious. Unfortunately, right after dinner, we got a message from our upstairs neighbor that the dogs were barking continuously…so we rushed home on the tube as fast as we could. They seemed fine, so I’m not sure why they were barking. There are foxes in the garden sometimes, so I have to wonder if that was why. I appreciate the neighbor messaging us though, as I don’t want to be that annoying neighbor with dogs barking all night.
Sunday: I was supposed to meet a college friend who is here for the mourning of the Queen (she’s a huge fan) for a run but she cancelled on me in the middle of the night as she wasn’t feeling well. So I slept in a bit before heading out for a run with Ruth & Dustin.
Summary: 60 miles of running! A big week of mileage for me. One more big week before the taper begins.
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What an amazing time to be there and experiencing history. Those flowers are beautiful and there are so many.
That doggy daycare sounds great!
It’s been a unique experience for sure to be here now!
What an interesting time to be in London! Sounds like the pups are adjusting well to their new schedules as well. wow that’s a great mileage week!
I got Pfizer 4 times but switched to Moderna. Zero side effects. Hope the same for you.
A lot of first for you and the pups. Glad to hear you are all adjusting just fine.
So kudos on another successful training week.
24 hours have past- no side effects!
YOU are a beast with your mileage, Jessie. Often times, I’m barely over 60 miles for the month, LOL…can’t imagine doing that all in a week’s time (unless we’re talking biking). I think I mentioned this last week, but what a time to be in London with all the royal goings on: the mourning for the Queen and the new King! Not to mention all the regular stuff to see and do. Thanks for all the updates!
Thanks Kim! I would be at zero for cycling…though we plan to get bikes here eventually!
What an amazing week. A 4-mile run turned into over 7? Yikes…sounds like it was beautiful anyway. All those flower tributes are amazing.
I started doggie daycare this week as well for my pup. Yours sounds incredible. They get to run through the countryside and they pick them up. Jackpot!
Well, I think google maps was off and then I veered off into Green Park for a bit of extra, in addition to the wrong turn!
Doggy daycare is wonderful!
Big miles this week! So did you have some explaining to do when your run commute almost doubled? You were late for work? We live less than a mile from a Doggy Daycare. In the summer we can hear the dogs barking all day when the wind blows our direction 🙂 I’m assuming they are having a great time!
Ha, good question. I planned a lot of extra time plus got ready really quickly when I got there. And no one is really clocking when I come in; my days go pretty long into the evening with a team primarily in NYC and Mpls!
I hope the dogs are barking because they are having fun!
You seem to really be settling in already and it’s amazing how you’ve found all the dog services so quickly! Of course 13 years ago when we moved here there was nothing like Rover . . .
Love the shot of Ruth in the restaurant. So cute. Having little dogs, we often had the both of them (Lola & Chester, then Lola & Bandit) when a place was dog friendly. London seems extremely dog friendly! Here not so much.
Navigating the medical situation has got to be difficult!
All the doggy daycares have really come a long way! I am glad Ruth got a spot at Bruce’s, they are pretty hard to snag as its so busy!
London is most definitely dog-friendly! I love that aspect for sure, though there are some pieces of living here that are also quite challenging.
Lovely to see how you’re settling in!
Thanks Liz for checking in! I’ll make it up to Birmingham at some point!
Just give me a bit of warning and it’ll be wonderful to see you! I am planning on coming down to support the London Marathon but working on the logistics at the moment …
I think I would read your blog even if it weren’t about running. Ruth going to doggy day care is just so cute!!! And I love the picture of her at the restaurant. But wait- isn’t Matilda sad when Ruth goes out without her? Or is she happy to rest at home.
I love the flowers for the Queen! How amazing to be there and see this first-hand. And oh yes- your running was amazing this week as well! Nice job on the track workout.
Aww, thanks Jenny! Ruth’s pictures from her adventure camp were so fun. Matilda doesn’t usually seem to mind- she’s still getting lots of walks and off-lead time at the Heath, I think she kinda appreciates the break from Ruth to be honest!
It really sounds like you all are settling in nicely! You had a great week of running! Can’t believe you only have a month to go.
Looks like you are settling into your life in London! Is your friend Katie wearing a Chicago Marathon shirt? I love how marathons are so international!
You could always do body weight work, just saying, lol…and I know that is not very enticing…
Haha, I am trying to! Peloton has body weight classes, I just don’t get quite as excited about doing them 🙂
Oh, wow, doggy daycare in the countryside! How amazing.
Wow on those vaccine requirements. Glad you were able to figure them out and get what you needed. I just had my new Moderna booster on Thursday and only had a sore are for a few days. I hope you are still feeling good.
A lot of the Peloton strength for runners classes are worth doing bodyweight — especially the 10 min ones. Although core is probably enough with the marathon so soon.
No side effects! Sore arm, sure, but nothing else. Good deal!
Great suggestion on the strength for runners classes!
You’re in London at such a historic time. I am sure the flower tributes to the Queen will last for a while. Is today a national holiday in England due to the funeral?
Those photos of Ruth are so cute! I love that the doggy daycare picks up the dogs – almost like they are going to school or camp, lol.
Today is a UK holiday! Dustin and I went to Hyde Park to watch the funeral, and I’m glad we did.
It is totally like Ruth is going to camp!
I wonder what the dogs were barking at. Those vizslas are always such tough dogs as long as the “villain” is outside
Hah, totally! Then they are such softies.
I am betting it was a fox barking. That noise is wild!
I know this is a running blog and I am super excited for your marathon, but right now i am completely distracted by the dogs! How fun for Ruth to get a ride out to the country for all that fun! And Matilda is just the sweetest lady! And that Frenchie! Eek!
Haha, well, sometimes it really feels more like a dog blog 🙂 Thanks for reading!