I may have misread my training plan when I signed up for the London Winter Run. I might have thought I had a rest weekend. As it turned out I actually needed to run a half marathon this weekend...which is why I ended up running seven miles before I'd even crossed the start line. I've got no idea what came over me to think a rest weekend was even a possibility half way through marathon training!
My inability to read aside, I'd been looking forward to this race for months - the promise of snow flurries, polar bears and an all out winter wonderland was more exciting than words, and I have to say this race didn't disappoint!
I love running in London, and hitting the course with Elle it was hard not to feel at home - we spend every Wednesday night scampering around the same streets with the Lululemon run club, so these streets feel like out streets! It felt great to be running along the river with 15,000 other runners all anticipating what the next 10k would bring!
What was fantastic about this course is that it took in so many of London's iconic sights. Starting under Big Ben and across from the London Eye we ran down Embankment nodding at The Shard, City Hall and Tower Bridge before turning at the Tower of London and heading in to the city. Flurries of 'snow' surrounded us, and cow bells motivated us to run that little bit faster. The whole way I kept thinking what an amazing first race this would be (and I'm sure it was for many people), the atmosphere was electric and the kilometres flew by. It was some thing quite special.
Turning the corner on to the final 200 meters I couldn't stop thinking about what a nice race this was. The route was perfect, I had great company and as I crossed the line I was presented with the loveliest medal and cuddle from a polar bear. There was nothing to dislike. Yep, my time was a little slower than usual (60:00:03), but I'd run seven miles beforehand. I had a lovely time...and the icing on the cake was a fan girl moment with the lovely and talented Jo Pavey - the nicest woman in sport!
Fancy running in the snow and snuggling a polar bear? For one week only entries for next year's race are open...sign up, it's brilliant!