London: Food and Running.

This week I was in London for work. It was a great opportunity to indulge in things that Durham doesn’t quite have enough of: tapas, dim sum and free running events.

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Porthouse in the West End = Delicious calamari

 

Those of you who live in London may be familiar with different brand events, like free training for races, and club runs during the week. This doesn’t happen where I live! So I was pretty excited to learn that  Aussie clothing brand Lorna Jane were holding a free 5k club run for anyone who is interested from their Chelsea pop up store last night. I was in London, with my gear, and in the mood to run. And then shop.

 

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They set off at 6.45pm, so I rushed across London to get there in time. It was the first really cold night of the year, but 4 other hardcore runners as well as myself were there, and we were warmly welcomed by the lovely Lucy and Sophie. It was so nice to see all the pics of Australia in the shop and hear the familiar accent twang :)

 

London is one of my running cities, in spite of all the crowded footpaths! No matter where you go, you stumble across an awesome monument or sight. Last night’s run took us along the Thames through Battersea park, across the Chelsea bridge, and back, with some mini drills thrown in for good measure. I kept messing up my Garmin, and dropped my iphone twice (smooth), so I don’t know exactly how long it took. I think one of the other runners said just over 25 minutes.

 

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When we got back, we had power bars, drinks, and were able to look at their lovely clothes. They also had a 10% discount too – even better! In all the endorphin-filled excitement about joining in my first London runners event, I treated myself to this jacket:

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It matches my shoes, which is extremely important. It’s also really bright, lightweight, breathable (as well as matching your shoes, these things are also important) and  I love the colours of their range – so bright for grey Winter days. It could all pass for everyday wear as well as sports gear. I’m excited to see them in the UK.

 

Including the quick mile run to the tube, and the mile run from the tube to the store, last night’s total mileage was 5 miles. Not bad for the coldest night of the year so far…

 

This week I’ve also done a really good job at working on my Winter layer. Unfortunately that means a bad job at eating healthily all round. These dark nights don’t scream ‘mmmm, stir fry for dinner!’ in the same way Summer did, but now I’m back from the excitement of the Big Smoke I’m planning on changing that. If any of you are feeling the same, then check out this really easy banana bread recipe. Check it out before  you decide to get back on the veggie wagon, because there’s a heck of a lot of sugar in it. But it’s delicious!

 

Happy Wednesday :)

 

Ellie