A busy ol’ weekend over here.
First up, 18 miles with the lovely Tribe gang. I jumped on the train in Putney with my pimped Pret porridge to meet everyone and arrived in Windsor for a 9am start. The plan was 31 miles along the river to Barnes, but my own plan was to get to Kingston. Like the running community that we are, we stuck together and ran steady 10 minute miles, hugging the still waters of the Thames until Staines and then hopping off for a little bit passing Bushy Park and Hampton Court all the way to Kingston Bridge. Fuelled all the way by the fabulous Tribe bars obviously and my new favourite, Cacao and Orange, just like Terry’s chocolate orange!
Back home for a quick shower and food and then I was off again, up to Wimbledon Common for volunteering duties at the Suunto Run Wimbledon race. Organised by Perseverance Events, this Autumn multi terrain running festival had 10k, half marathon, marathon and relay distance options, all taking in the trails of the Common at dusk, with a much later than the norm 4pm start. It was lovely to be on the other side of the racing barrier again, not just cheering but giving out much needed water and electrolytes to all the fantastic runners.
On Sunday I woke much earlier than I liked, a few hours before my alarm, so I decided to make the most of it and headed out the door for an early morning yoga class. I’ve started an introductory offer at Lumi Power Yoga in Hammersmith, 21 days for just £30, so am making the most of it and getting lots of yoga in before my ultra challenge at the end of the month. The walk along the Thames Path to Hammersmith Bridge, after just 4 days, has become one of my favourites, especially before the sun has come up or as it’s setting in the sky. Hot yoga is now a daily occurrence and I’m already seeing the progression in my sun salutations and vinyasas, challenging myself to stretch that little bit further each time.
Post-yoga, Sophie and I jumped on Boris bikes to brunch at new hot spot St Clements, Parsons Green. After busy Saturdays with many miles covered, myself running and Sophie on the bike, we were both ravenous and looking forward to all the Sunday brunch cliches of smashed avocado, perfect poached eggs and crisp sourdough, and this cafe did not disappoint. We even treated ourselves to cake, stashed in takeaway boxes and carefully balanced on the front of our bikes for the bumpy journey home.
Not content with a sweaty yoga session, I headed to Method Movement, my new favourite fitness studio to try PT Lucie’s new venture, The Peach Project. I first met Lucie when I trained at Duo Chelsea with ClassPass and her energy is infectious. She’s launched this new weightlifting class for women who want to be strong and beautiful and after an hour of squats, deadlifts and so much more, I left the studio with so much more knowledge and confidence of using weights in your workout.
No Sunday is complete without a yin yoga session and I returned to Lumi for an hour of bliss, under blankets, with comforting boulsters and blocks, in cosy clothes as the sun went down on another full week.
I know lots of you were racing this weekend – Royal Parks Half Marathon or maybe even Chicago Marathon – so show off your bling! and let me know what you got up to in the comments below.