Back when I first started running I was lucky enough to make friends with an awesome group of women who called themselves Team Naturally. Founded by Leah, we were a virtual run club who'd meet informally for long runs and brunch. Those runs really boosted my confidence at a time life was pretty difficult, and I made some amazing friends! Over the years life has changed for a lot of us, we've all got new goals and priorities and don't get to run together as much. I do miss those Sunday run days, so when Charlie and Veronica suggested a run and brunch I jumped!
Meeting a bunch of people you don't really know outside a random restaurant in Moorgate brought back such fond memories of Team Naturally's Sunday runs, and it took me to one of my favourite parts of the city for a weekend run. Monday to Friday this area is teeming with people in suits rushing around, but at the weekend it's dead, which means there's lots of pavement to play with! After a quick warm up with Veronica we were off, following the tunes down to the Tower of London for a game of dodge the tourist as we ran across Tower Bridge and down to County Hall. Somewhere along the way I managed to roll my ankle, something I've not done for ages, and always a scary moment! Luckily no damage was done and after a quick wiggle I was off again, but it was nerve-wracking for a moment!
Trotting along the river, chatting away, is the nicest way to spend a morning. Sometimes you run with a group and things just don't work out, people sprint off, others get left behind, the chat is a bit rubbish. That wasn't at all the case on this run! Everyone was so kind and friendly, waiting for each other, running at the pace of the slowest person, looking after each other. Everything I value the most when running in a group!
Crossing the river at Millennium Bridge, and taking in the best view of St Pauls in the city, we headed back to The Folly for a well earned brunch. Especially well earned given it was Mike and I's anniversary at the weekend and I had a little adult headache! Unfortunately The Folly didn't really follow through when it came to brunch. It took 50 minutes for our coffee to arrive with no apology, and although my omelette was good, it wasn't amazing. As a last minute venue (our first choice was closed for renovations) it was a good shout, but I wouldn't rush to go there again. I would however run with this lot again, it was just lovely!
Thank you so much to Veronica and Charlie for organising this get together!