December is the time to go all cross country with your running it seems, every weekend there’s a race on, embracing the chilly days and crisp air and running shorter, sharper distances with some cheeky hills thrown in to get your blood pumping and lungs burning!
This past weekend saw the second round of the Surrey XC League for us ladies and took us to the not-so-far away Mitcham Common. With a noon start, pushed to even later due to some South West Train issues, the early morning frost had almost disappeared leaving a glistening grassy playing field on which to race. Two laps, just 6km and some hidden hills to climb. Thank you Clapham Chasers for hosting such a fun event – challenging but friendly and all-welcoming, and it was so good to see so many ladies, including from my own club, out taking it on, bracing the cold in shorts and vests!
Not content with one weekend run, it is Advent Running after all, I headed out to Wimbledon Common early on Sunday morning with some more friendly faces – Gary, Ilsuk, Cat and Emma. The fantastic five. The plan was a potter (or womble if you’re a local and know what that refers to) around the trails of the Common for about 90 minutes at a sociable pace, chatting all the way, exploring some of the more undiscovered paths as well as the well-trodden. It was a great way to start my Sunday and I continued the weekend vibes by running down to Putney afterwards to meet Sophie and Vicki for brunch at Dynamo cafe – verdict, delicious food, horrendous customer service, so I’d only go again at quieter times.
With a bit of Christmas card writing and online shopping on Sunday afternoon, I finished off the weekend with an amazing yoga class at Method Movement, my new favourite studio, and of course the ultimate in TV entertainment, Planet Earth II. That’s how to get the most out of your weekend and get you raring to go for a new week! The Christmas countdown is most definitely ON and I’m embracing every second, squeezing in as much as possible between a crazy work schedule and life admin.
How do you get the most out of your weekends? All go or more of a relaxed affair?