We’ve had a great start to the running season! Wonderful to see so many new and returning runners. What a turn-out! I think that we pretty much take over the whole town at 8:15!
To the new runners, we’re so glad you’ve joined us! To the returning runners, thanks for being so friendly and welcoming to our new runners- keep it up! To everyone, if the runs last week were too slow/fast or too short/long – Don’t give up!! It often takes a few sessions to find the smaller group of women that run the right distance/pace for you. (If you need some help/guidance linking up with someone, just let me know.) We have a few more shorter routes this week for the folks who are easing back into running.
Fall Half-Marathon?: Please let me know if you signed up for a fall half-marathon race and you are still planning to run. We want to make sure that we have your longer runs built into the weekly routes.
Running in London: This summer, I bought a National Geographic magazine at the airport with the cover, “The World’s Most Beautiful Places – 100 Unforgettable Destinations.” Not surprisingly, London makes the list! The article describes London and has a beautiful picture but when it comes right down to it, what do they say is the one most wonderful thing to do in London???? I quote:
“DON’T MISS – Take a bus to the Royal Albert Hall – being sure to sit upstairs, of course, to enjoy the views – and walk through Hyde Park, heading first to Kensington Palace, then past the Round Pond and the Serpentine concluding at Hyde Park Corner.”
That is one of our runs (minus the bus ride, of course)! It’s official- your weekly exercise just happens to be in one of the most beautiful places in the the world! The route Monday takes us to Hyde Park and all you need to do is run 2 miles and you’ll be at the Park and Speaker’s Corner.
One last reminder, bring your Oyster card. Sometimes our routes loop back home, but often we stop along the way and take the tube home.
ROUTES THIS WEEK
Monday 2 September – Hyde Park (2-9 miles)
2 miles: Start heading west on Circus Road and turn left on Grove End and follow south as it becomes Lisson Grove. Cross over Marylebone Road and continue on Seymour Place until the end. Turn right and cross over Edgware Road and then left to enter Hyde Park at the intersection with Stanhope Place. At Speaker’s Corner, you take the Marble Arch tube home.
3 miles: Continue south through Hyde Park, past the Serpentine and at the Carriage drive, make a left and head back toward Hyde Park Corner. Take the Hyde Park Corner tube home.
5 miles: At Hyde Park Corner continue back up/north the carriage drive. Exit the park at the Animals in War memorial and follow Upper Brook Street. Turn left on Park Street which becomes Gloucester Place and then Park Road back to St. John’s Wood.
Click here for all of the regular Hyde Park route maps.
9 miles: This route is for our women who are running a half marathon in a month. (Don’t do this route unless you have been training for a half all summer.)
As we enter the Park, turn right and follow the path all the way around Hyde Park, exiting at the Animals in War memorial. Head home north up Park Street/Gloucester Place/Park Road. Straight home is 8 miles. If you want to do 9 miles, enter Regents Park at the Mosque and follow the drive around past the zoo to the zoo parking lot. Turn around and come back to Starbucks.
Still smiling even after running up Parliament Hill…
2-6 September Running Info
Friday, August 30, 2013
Wednesday 4 September – The Wall (up to 6 miles)
This route is a little boring, but it will be good for our new runners to get familiar with it. We head down towards Regents Park, then get to the canal and run east past Camden. Just before Islington, the canal is blocked so we call it “The Wall.” At The Wall, we turn around and head back to St. John’s Wood. This is a great route to do a tempo run because there are no traffic lights. But please be careful and aware of the bikes on the path.
If you run all the way to The Wall and back it is 6 miles. But it is very easy to run half the distance if you want and turn around and head home. As a marker, if you run to the Camden market (where we have to exit the canal path and run past the food stalls for a minute) and return home it is a 3 mile round trip.
Friday 6 September – The Heath (4-8 miles)
We run up the hill again this week – yeah! It is hard, but you’ll feel great when you are finished.
If you are not up for a hill run yet, just let us know. Every week there are a group of women who prefer to do a flat run. We can help make sure that you find each other.
4 miles: Run up to the Hamsptead tube station and back. A great way to ease into running the hill. (Just as a point of reference, last year I did this 4 mile option for weeks before I moved onto the 6 mile and eventually the 8 mile option.)
5 miles: The Betsy Route
6-7miles: The partial Heath
8 miles: The full Heath
Click here for maps of all of the Heath routes.
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