6 weeks until the Amsterdam marathon, which will be my 40th full marathon! Can’t wait.
Here’s how training went this past week:
Monday: We were still in the Cotswolds, which meant some adventurous trail running!
(If you missed it, I shared a travel post about our long weekend in the Cotswolds, catch up HERE.)
We followed the Cotswold Way, which is a 102-mile walking trail.
We covered 6 miles of it, but it was quite difficult, particularly because it passed right through some pastures, both cattle and sheep, and we had Ruth with us, who was beyond herself with excitement.
When we got back to our temp housing in London, I went down to the gym for 10 min core and 30 min of lower body. It felt so great to do some strength training after a few days off!
Tuesday: Back in London! I ran 8 easy miles before work. 10 min core + 20 min of lower body after work on Peloton. I took a Rebecca Kennedy class with a lot of chest work- it was a burner! (Thanks Deb for the recommendation). I was sore the next day from that one.
Wednesday: 9.3 mile run with some intervals in there; for some reason, my workout didn’t load from the VDOT02 software to my Garmin, which usually is automatic, and of course it was a complicated workout that was really hard to keep track of in my head. I did my best; definitely not perfect!
I had a surprise run-in with my new friend Katy at Victoria Park and we made plans for her to join me for part of my 20 miler on Saturday. Yay!
After work, I took the pups for a quick walk before we walked to Shoreditch for dinner at a restaurant called “Rochelle Canteen.” It’s popped up on several lists of best places to eat in London, so I was excited to try it. Shoreditch is a very busy youthful area, but the restaurant was tucked into this private garden where you had to be buzzed in. The food was a bit funky, not expensive, but very good.
Thursday: Decided to sleep in a little bit after a later dinner and use Thursday as my rest day from running. I took the dogs for a 2 mile walk instead and then hit the gym for 10 min core + 30 min of upper body (a few Tunde classes on Peloton!) before starting my wfh day.
Friday: 8 mile run with Ruth to the east to the canal. We were treated to a lovely sunrise!
We also ran into Dustin on the way back, who snapped this pic.
Instead of strength after the run, I actually did core + stretching on the Peloton app. I need to stretch more…
Saturday: First 20 miler since before Boston. First 20 miler in London!
It was a tough one but I got it done. 4 miles solo, 9 with Katy in Hyde Park/Kensington Garden, and then 7 more solo.
I didn’t have music or a podcast on the solo miles (my headphones were dead) and it got pretty hot, so it was a struggle. The crowds coming back through Westminster were extra challenging too, but I covered the mileage and stuck with it. Not my best 20 miler! Hopefully the next one feels stronger.
After the 20 miler, we walked to the Maltby Street Market to grab some lunch. Its a bit less touristy than the Borough Market (which is also very close). It was lovely!
After lunch, we decided to do the Tower Bridge tour. It is our last weekend living right next to the bridge (we move on Monday to Hampstead), so this was our final weekend to do it easily.
If you’re in London, the Tower Bridge tour is an easy add-on after visiting the Tower of London (they’re right by each other.) It’s £10/ticket and you can walk right up, (no need to pre-book.) You walk up a million stairs (perfect after a 20 miler, ha!), get the views from the top and the views through glass floor, and learn about the history of building the bridge. You can also visit the engine rooms and see other proposals for the bridge design. It was probably less than an hour overall, but I’m glad we did it.
I still don’t fully understand why Tower Bridge is a draw bridge for big boats to pass under, yet there are a dozen other bridges right to the west on the Thames that aren’t draw bridges- how do the boats go any further down the Thames? It doesn’t make sense…Millennium bridge, Southwark bridge, Jubilee bridge- they are all right there and there’s no way the boats can pass under those. Anyone have the explanation? Liz?
After the Tower Bridge tour, we took the dogs for a long walk towards Wapping (east), stopping at a cute little pub called Captain Kidd with a great patio overlooking the Thames.
Later that night, we tubed out to SoHo for dinner at a Sri Lankan restaurant, Hoppers (another restaurant that has shown up on several lists), which was delicious. We explored SoHo a little bit after dinner- it was quite the happening place! Great people watching. So much going on. I might be a little too old though to be hanging out in SoHo on a Saturday night!
Sunday: The Big Half, a huge half marathon, is going on today right by our temporary flat; it actually looks like a really fun race so we’ll have to look into it for next year! We plan to head out soon for a 5-6 miler with Ruth, but the crowds are kind of nuts right now. No other big plans for today as we have to get our stuff together to move tomorrow.
Summary: 56 miles of running, attempt at daily core, random strength on Peloton.
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I love how you both and the pups are adapting so well to your new life in London. It is fun to see all the spots you hit. A race in London is still on my bucket list! Nice work this week
The big half looks like a nice option if you want to do a half here!
Love that pic of the dogs on the bridge! They are such good travelers! Sounds like training is going well and Amsterdam is sneaking up quickly.
The pups have been very resilient. I’m sure they are often confused, but seem to trust us!
Love all the London pics and pics from the tower tour. It has been years since I was in London and reading your posts makes me want to get back!
Thanks for reading and commenting Melissa!
What a fun week of exploring!! I love how you are making the most of your experience. And how fun that you already have a new running friend. I think London is working out just great for you. Good luck with the move!
Oh, that sunrise pic!!!! Beautiful!!!! I’m taking notes on all these landmarks and sights you’ve been exploring. Hopefully, someday I’ll get my booty over there and see them in person 😉 Great job on that tough 20-miler!
Let me know if you ever plan to visit!
OK, it’s because you only need to access up to the Pool of London, which is where you would discharge cargoes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pool_of_London, you don’t want to go any further upstream (I had to look that up tho I had a vague idea). Loving your photos!
Thanks Liz! I figured you had the answer.
What a fun week! Thanks for linking up the restaurant pages. I like to look at them!
All your photos are just beyond amazing! And of course I particularly love the ones with the pups. London seems to be quite dog friendly — although I’m not sure Bandit would do so well in a big city. Not that we have plans to take him there, LOL!
You have been through SO many life events in the past few months, Jessie, you have to give yourself some grace on your 20 miler. I say you finished it and that’s the important part! Better to leave it all out in the race, not in your training!
Oh, thank you Judy. That’s a helpful reminder.
I would struggle to do a long run without music or a podcast to listen to. And then you had a lot of time on your feet the rest of the day!
Interesting question on the drawbridge!
I hope your move goes smoothly.
Congratulations on finishing that difficult 20 miler! It’s always a great psychological boost when a run is hard but you finish it anyway right? Good luck with your upcoming move- I’m looking forward to hearing about and seeing your new location!
Oh, that’s funny about the Tower Bridge tour- those stairs after a 20 miler would make me cranky!
I’m glad I stuck with it, but I much prefer the 20 milers where it feels like a piece of cake 🙂
Great job getting that 20 miler done! Love seeing how well you all have settled into life “across the pond” 🙂
So so so fun! I love all these adventures for you! And that 20 miler was probably so much easier with so much to see around you!
Ruth and Matilda exploring London is kind of a new favorite of mine.
Aww, thanks Jenn! They love sharing their London life with everyone. 🙂
That sunrise photo is so pretty! It seems like the dogs are adapting well to being out and about in their new city 🙂
Congrats on your first 20 miler in London
Love your tours of London… Your pics are great!
For long runs, I need a companion or podcast… otherwise I would die.
Can’t wait for your race. I bet you can’t either.
Yeah, it was a struggle…I am glad I stuck with it, but it was not my best 20 miler!
I hope your move went well yesterday and you’re getting settle in the new place. Do the pups like their newest home?
Was it scary standing on the glass over the road and water?
The pups are so happy with the garden level flat, so they can just pop outside whenever they want!
I have a fear of heights so it was scary to me to stand on the glass!
The glass floor. WHOA. Love the dogs’ facial expressions. They are so expressive.
Pardon me if I’m accidentally aging you, but 40th Marathon in your 40th year, right? So col!
Nope- not aging me enough! I turn 41 two days before Amsterdam, so I’m just missing it!
I think that’s close enough 😀
Knew you weren’t too far off me (November), but didn’t remember when exactly you were.