5 In running

Running like a tourist aka with a camera

Tower Bridge

You know those runs when all of your joints and muscles seem to be well-oiled and relaxed… and you just glide along thinking random thoughts…. and almost forget that you’re running?

My runs this week have been absolutely nothing like that.

On Tuesday I ran 10km at lunchtime. The sun was shining and I love the route from my office to the Tower Bridge and back.

My head really enjoyed a bit of vitamin D and fresh(ish) air (this is London, air doesn’t come that fresh here), my legs from my knees to my ankles were stiff and wooden. I had done some quite heavy squats on Monday so it didn’t come as a surprise. Heavy squats always mess with my calves and therefore my shins, probably because it’s so hard to stay on your heels with heavy squats and I push too much from my toes, straining my calves in the process.

So for the first 4.5km I felt like the tin man running. The legs just would not lift up and move. I so hate that feeling.

I took it easy pace-wise and by 5.5km the legs had loosened up and almost felt normal.


After the run I made sure to stretch those poor calves of mine (I tend to be lazy about stretching after lunchtime runs as I’m always in a rush to get back to my desk).

10k in the bag and legs much happier than they were in the morning.

Today I thought I’d do some intervals since I haven’t done any for a couple of weeks due to this stupid sore throat that is STILL lingering.

I did 4 uphill sprints of about 250m, jogging back down the same distance in between. The hill was not massive but I had pockets full of all kinds of stuff and my legs felt tired so I called it a day and just jogged back home past these gorgeous things.


9km in the bag and a good dose of vitamin D.

Can you tell by the way that I have a GoPro?  I have no idea what to do with it, other than take photos. The thing has no display so I feel like I’m back in 1993 with my Olympus taking photos onto a film and not seeing the image until later on!

Tomorrow is Crossfit, Friday is Crossfit, Saturday is bouldering, Sunday is swimming. I’ll try intervals again next week.

And now my boys are screaming the house down so I gotta run. They’re probably just playing and not fighting, but I can never tell until I go and see the situation. hashtag boylife 🙂

Adios and happy running!

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  • Reply
    Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    February 6, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I’m simply amazed at your 10k fitted into a lunch hour!

  • Reply
    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    February 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    For the shin/calf issue with your squats is this down to doing front squats? (Just a general question of interest – I have no cures or advice I’m afraid! I always stick to back squats!)
    Cool pics!

    • Reply
      February 4, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      I did back squats on Monday. Front squats are a different beast 🙂

  • Reply
    February 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I love your curvy gopro images! I can’t imagine running in my lunch hour – teaching leaves no time! – but what a great place to run. I need to some hill work and intervals – I do too much plodding.

    • Reply
      February 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Plodding is great for the mind but to get speedier it’s necessary to do the hills and the intervals. With hills I never know if the hill is steep enough or not so I don’t do hill repeats very often at all 😛

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