So I have never actually made it to the #LDNBurgerRun before due to always having something going on the day it happens. So what actually is this run? Well it is a long run organised by Tommy which is usually at least 13 miles. Has three pace groups 9/10/11 minute miles and is about running social and spreading the positivity and support. Oh and most importantly ends with a group takeover of GBK when all the food is consumed.
Having spent the night before with my poorly daughter who was vomiting exorcist style all over the place I didn’t get much sleep. Waking up at 8:20am I looked at my phone and thats when the PANIC hit, I should have been at Euston Station meeting Laura at 8:20! I’m sure you can all relate to the snap decision of DO I or DON’T I RUN, now I haven’t been running much since early September other than in actual races so I was desperate to get out and pound the streets. I rapidly got ready and sprinted to the tube station, calling Laura on the way who was understandable frustrated with my uselessness.
After a tube journey which felt like forever, I made it to the arranged start point just on time for the run and thats when the sky opened and the rain started. I was dressed in my usually running kit….like a football ref! Now I love running in the rain, that couldn’t be said for everyone though! I HATE running in the WIND though, more on that later…
So with the full squad in attendance, Dana got cracking and led the warm up! And as you can see Laura and myself don’t really do a warm up…we just turn up! This where the silliness began, we like to keep the fun element when we run so mess about and belly laugh way to much for it to actually be exercise.
Once we set off the groups started to split, so I stuck in the 9 minute mile group, as we headed off towards the river keeping the group as tight as possible whilst sticking to the pace, the rain had dropped to a mere drizzle shortly after starting and we were loving life. Maybe a little too much as we started clocking 8:30min miles, and considering I have been at 3 Aces Crossfit Lee Valley the day before my quads HATED me, a long run following deadlift day was not the best idea I’ve had. But we just dig deep and get on with it don’t we!
It wasn’t long before the groups crossed paths and I got to see the AMAZING Lizzie, giving her some mid race love! And tickle the hell out of my Ragnar van buddy Claire, keeping it fun and lively. I have been so lucky through fitness and running, that I’ve met some of the most supportive, loving and amazing people. And running the #LDNBurgerRun really reinforced that fact for me, as I was running at a decent pacearound the streets of London with a massive smile on my face, ruining my usual hashtag of #rungrumpy.
There were a few selfie stops along the way, either at Landmarks or when the groups crossed paths again, keeping it social. Then there was the mass takeover of the Greenwich Tunnel for a video which you can see at the bottom of this post, there is a weirdly exhilarating feeling about sprinting under the Thames making all the noise and making pedestrians smile as you do so.
It was at this point that my run was cut short, I LOVE running and was having an absolute blast but I LOVE my wonderful daughter more than anything. So with a mad dash across London I arrive just in time to be made extremely proud watching her complete her third ballet lesson. She was so amazing, and was rewarded accordingly with her very first pair of ballet shoes. What an absolutely wonderful day!