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Long run


My bike ride yesterday made me realise how fortunate we are to live within cycling or running distance of some great sights in the centre of a wonderful city and that I must break out of my usual routes and run more of London’s streets.

I had to run 10-12 miles today so I followed a similar route to which we cycled. My route took me around 4 Royal Parks, from Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’ Park.  I went through Wellington Arch, down Constitution Hill,  ran down the Mall, around past Horse Guards Parade and looped back to Buckingham Palace.

I was going to take some tourist snaps for this blog but realised when I got there I hadn’t brought my phone or camera (I have a new iPhone which I don’t want to ruin getting it damp in my pocket!)  so you’ll have to put up with my garmin map instead.


The first 3 miles were hard going (as usual) until the aches and niggles worked their way out and I settled into a good run.  As I ran down towards Buckingham palace and along the Mall it felt fantastic to be running a fresh route.  I was at the finish of the Marathon and where the Bupa London 10,000 is run; it was a mild sunny morning and I could almost feel and smell the start of a spring race.  I really felt the buzz, keen to get to the marathon  and motivated to run and run!

I should have run an extra loop of the Mall to make up the miles instead of my loop of the all too familiar Serpentine on the way back which felt a little less enthusiastic.  But all in all a very good run which I finished on a high with a grin!

Janathon day 12.  11.46 miles run.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

11 thoughts on “Long run

  1. Great running today and sounds like it was a really enjoyable run 🙂

  2. Oh I have only visited London twice when I was younger. I went through Hyde Park, it was massive, and just nice! I wish we had something like that up North!

  3. Good run,would love to run in London. It’s very different from here but both are great in their own way 🙂

  4. Wow, what a fabulous route. It’s reminded me about the Royal Parks half, it’s on my running bucket list. Well done, super Janathon run.

  5. I visited London a few years ago and was amazed by Hyde Park and the running/riding options it offered. How do your legs cope with a ride one day and a run the next? I have never been much of a runner for the sole reason that it made it hard to ride/run depending on which was done first.

    • So far my legs are coping with rides then runs. I was a bit achy for the first week when I first got back into cycling but ok since. But then I’m very much a leisure cyclist and not ultra fast. I find the cycling is great cross training, gives my legs a break while exercising.

  6. What a fab run and yes, you are lucky to live in the best (in my opinion) city in the world. How beautiful!

  7. nice route! I fancy doing a Thames path route for one of my long runs, am getting really bored with my usual routes 🙂

  8. Great mileage Rachel – you are so lucky you get to run there everyday – more pics please!

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