Hey- I hope everyone loved Super Saturday and am not getting fed up of me raving about the Olympics yet!
Where did I last leave you? Friday I was at a wedding all day- it was lovely, there was no rain, I spend the whole day with some fab friends- wonderful stuff…
Saturday the plan was a 12 mile run. Recently I have been going out before breakfast, so I decided to do that. It did not go so well. I will not ramble on (really?) but it was hard. The weather was muggy which didn’t help, but I felt like I had no energy- I walked several times which is very unlike me, and I even had to stop for the toilets at one point. Andy caught me up again and ran with me for a bit which was nice, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It started raining lightly after about 5 miles, then eased off, but then when I was about 1-2 miles from home it poured down- torrential rain. First the rain washed all the salt off my face and into my eyes, then the rain filled my eyes (had to take my glasses off) and at points I could not see because my eyes just could not get the water out. In the end I cut it a bit short and did just under 11 miles, but it was a struggle. I was quite fed up when I got home, but in reality I know that I had not slept enough, and had not eaten normally the day before (wedding meal in the afternoon, slice of cake in the evening), and probably had not drunk enough either. Anyway, as I keep saying, I just want to enjoy the GNR, and so what if I have to walk a bit??
Breakfast could not come soon enough! Nectarine, raspberries, muesli, maple cereal, chia seeds, almond milk, topped with soya yoghurt and pb.
I spent the rest of the day chilling- watching some sports on TV, popping to town to pick up my new glasses, then spent the evening at Andy’s parents- I was so excited during Mo’s race! I really didn’t think he would do it- I thought he would do better in the 5000m so it was even better!!!
This morning we headed into London- we made pretty good time- leaving home at 9am and getting to Tower Bridge at about 10.
When we came out of the tube station it was very exciting to see the logo on the bridge.
(Andy’s camera for most of these as the battery ran out of mine after 3 pictures!)
You can almost see the colours here!
We walked over the bridge to by the Tower of London, and then it started raining very hard!
See those black clouds- they were on their way to us!
We waited in the shop for a bit, and then when it eased off we walked up to the course. Then it started raining hard again, and we still had a while before it started (and we were near the end of the loop bit) so we headed down to a Starbucks for a warm drink and a sit down. Just in time, as it poured even harder.
At about half 11 the rain had nearly stopped, so we went back up to the course. I was so jammy- the crowds were about 2 or 3 people deep, but the man I stood behind moved as soon as the runners went past on their first lap, and then a child moved away, so I got right up by the barriers! Plus we could see them on the way past in both directions, as they ran up the road, turned and ran back down the other side.
Seeing the runners was so amazing- they are just so fast! Plus I hear about them all the time on marathon talk- I felt pleased that I actually knew some of them! All the crowd were cheering every single runner past, but there were big roars for the GB girls. I saw Freya Murray go through, and a little later Claire Hallisey, but never saw Mara (and only later I saw the news story that she pulled out after 5K- such a shame)- extra big cheers for them. The sun came out, and it ended up getting quite hot. After they went by the third time we started to wander to the river.
We saw a band playing very lively music, and walked passed one of the water stations too.
We walked over to St Paul’s, and I was so excited when we came across an Earl of Sandwich! We have been to these in America before, but never seen one in the UK! That was lunch sorted!
Just look at that blue sky- hard to believe it is the same day!
We then walked along the river (lovely views of the Eye and Big Ben etc) and then up to Trafalgar Square. Nelson was wearing a Union Jack on his hat!
A lot of it was still pedestrianised (as they had closed lots of roads I suppose) which made it lovely- much better as there were quite big crowds.
We also stumbled across a free exhibition of different Olympic torches- belonging to the Prince of Monaco. It was very interesting as they gave us a leaflet about all the torch designs- but we only took a picture of the London 2012 one.
Finally we headed to the big Wholefoods- what a lovely shop. And yes, I managed to spend quite a bit!
Drinks- vanilla chai (love this and had just run out), plus mango and tropical coconut water.
Snacks- popcorn (for Andy), chocolate pretzels, yummy zest pesto.
Chocolate and things- pb, marzipan bars, coconut bounce bar, raspberry and coconut chocolate, earl grey tea chocolate, lucuma powder.
Plus some doughnut peaches- I have only ever had these in the US before and they are so good- had to have one as soon as I got home.
Then we headed home on the train, and collapsed in front of the TV for some more sporting action!
I am hoping to have a run tomorrow morning before I go into work, but I looked just now and my trainers are still soaked from yesterday. I have put them in the airing cupboard with some newspaper, but might have to wear my old ones I suppose if they are not dry.
Did you watch any of the women’s marathon today? What did you get up to this weekend?
11 thoughts on “Tough run, and then a fun day out in London”
Watched the marathon but not in London, I had thought of going up but had a few other things I had to do but what a finish after such a long distance, amazes me. It was great to see though that a lot of their loop was what I did for the Nike+British 10K :-). I’ve never been to Wholefoods, might try find one Wednesday when I’m in London.
A few people were running some of the route after- that must be pretty special to run the same route 🙂
Wholefoods is a very american supermarket- just really well set out, loads of fresh stuff too.
I’m just loving the Olympics, being in the park for super saturday was amazing! Loved watching Mo’s race! I did a 5 miler this morning before heading to the womens marathon and it was lovely and sunny at 7.30! I am having an easing off week on my training plan, before increasing my long run to 11 miles next weekend. Good job on your long one! We watched the marathon by st james park right before the mall, it was a great position, but we got absolutely drenched during the heavy showers as we were outside for the full hour or so when it rained. I absolutely loved watching the race, so inspiring. I was cheering for Kara Goucher despite the fact she is American! Love whole foods, I spent a small fortune there the other day ha!
I cheered her on too- one of the athletes I knew the name of!
She was looking pretty amazing!
That looks like such a great day! Don’t worry about your run, I think some bad runs are natural and I have no doubt you’ll be fine for the GNR. As you said even if you run / walk its all about soaking up the atmosphere!
Thanks- yes I am going to enjoy it I am sure 🙂
Running can have it’s ups and downs i think that comes hand in hand with it. As long as you are enjoying it that is the main thing! 😀
I am so jealous! How awesome to get to see the bridge and marathon in person! I caught bits and pieces of it, but didn’t see as much as I wanted to, it was so early. It’s definitely inspiring to catch all these running events. Makes me want to go out and do some sprints!
The rain put me off coming in to the city – otherwise I would have been there!! We watched it on the telly and neither Tom or I moved for the entire race, it was so enthralling!! It must have been incredible to actually see it with your own eyes. What amazing women!
It was brilliant! There is always the men’s next Sunday 🙂
that is so cool you got to see the marathon!! That is the only Olympic sport I have really kept up with haha.