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London Diaries: Running in 4°C

6 February 2017

London Running

You know how it goes. You take your running shoes on holiday, always with good intentions to smash out a run, only to be met with the old “Hmm yeah, maybe not today”.

But for me, 4 weeks in London was just a bit too long to be INACTIVE.

So I brought my running gear and here I am, going down the lift, taking a pre-run selfie, about to smash out that run, even though it’s somewhere between 2°C – 5°C outside.

In the end, the run went well.

In fact I did THREE 10km runs over my 4 week stay. So I consider that a WIN.

 

Things I Learned About Running in London in Winter

– I like running in the cold! Once my body warmed up, I felt great! I’d go so far to say that I prefer winter running now.

– Running in a new city is so much fun! I must say that I had such an incredible time running along the River Thames, through the city, along the narrow streets, the cobblestone footpaths, past all the posh housing and renovated warehouses. I did about 10kms and I covered a lot of ground. It was so interesting and exciting!

I felt pretty safe, because it was a Sunday and there were tonnes of other runners using the same track.

– I need to wear gloves. My thumbs and the back of my hands got a bit numb. It was distracting.

My hands got SO cold that I started to look for the possibility of finding someone’s discarded beanie/scarf on the ground so I could wrap my hands around it – and lo and behold, I did find a beanie, I couldn’t believe my luck! But it was in a puddle and it looked a bit disgusting, so I decided not to do it after all.

I thought about stopping to take off my socks and use them to keep my hands warm, but I decided I’d rather have cold hands than blistered feet. These are the things I think about during my runs haha.

– I need to wear ear warmers. Especially on really cold days. My inner ears and jaw got so cold, numb and painful that I had to just stop running.

– Smartphone Maps are a life saver! I ran 10km through back streets and small paths… and I would have been completely lost without my phone!

 

My Running Dreams for the Future.

So. I enjoyed the running sooooo much, that I’ve decided on some new #LifeGoals.

When my kids have grown up, when I’m old and retired, I think I’d like to spend my holidays running through Europe in Winter, exploring and discovering the countryside, cities and streets… and of course, stopping for a coffee.