Running through London

On Sunday we went on a run through London starting at the Temple Tube stop all the way to Earl’s Court. I should say run/walk. The entire journey was around 4 miles (we didn’t take a straight shot), which is a little far for me. Running through crowds can be difficult at times; however, seeing all the sights is inspirational.

Not the most beautiful spot to start a run. However, I was already nervous about the four miles so I didn't want to venture further.

Not the most beautiful spot to start a run. However, I was already nervous about the four miles so I didn’t want to venture further.

Whitehall Gardens

Whitehall Gardens

Made it to the Eye, the first landmark

Made it to the Eye, the first landmark

I feel like a salmon swimming upstream.

I feel like a salmon swimming upstream.

Big Ben. I'm getting tired already and am settling for a lackluster shot. Not a good sign.

Big Ben. I’m getting tired already and am settling for a lackluster shot. Not a good sign.

 

This guard and horse don't want to look at me.

This guard and horse don’t want to look at me.

Took a shortcut through here. Not sure which museum this is. The Guards?

Took a shortcut through here. Not sure which museum this is. The Guards?

The Mall is closed to cars on Sunday.

The Mall is closed to cars on Sunday.

Love the hat!

Love the hat!

I couldn't do this job. What happens if you have to sneeze?

I couldn’t do this job. What happens if you have to sneeze?

Buckingham Palace. I think I'm halfway home.

Buckingham Palace. I think I’m halfway home.

So thirsty. Need to rehydrate. I also had a glass of water. What can I say, it was Sunday and beautiful out. Time for a beer.

So thirsty. Need to rehydrate. I also had a glass of water. What can I say, it was Sunday and beautiful out. Time for a beer.

And to watch a few minutes of a football match on the telly. Photo taken in the Back Room Bar--the place I reviewed on Friday

And to watch a few minutes of a football match on the telly. Photo taken in the Back Room Bar–the place I reviewed on Friday

As we ran through the tunnel near the Hyde Park Tube stop I saw this tent. The bottle says pension plan. This breaks my heart.

As we ran through the tunnel near the Hyde Park Tube stop I saw this tent. The bottle says pension plan. This breaks my heart.

Love is in the air in Hyde Park

Love is in the air in Hyde Park

This guy thinks I'm bonkers for running. Photo taken in Kensington Gardens

This guy thinks I’m bonkers for running. Photo taken in Kensington Gardens

Another shot of the Mandarin. Such a beautiful creature.

Another shot of the Mandarin. Such a beautiful creature.

Thanks goodness I made it to Holland Park. Only one mile to go!

Thanks goodness I made it to Holland Park. Only one mile to go!

Took a little breather in the Japanese Garden in Holland Park.

Took a little breather in the Japanese Garden in Holland Park.

Feeding time.

Feeding time.

It took longer than I thought it would. Maybe we shouldn’t have stopped for a beer. Yet, it was tasty and that’s what weekends are for. So far the training for my hike in Malaysia is going well. Three more weeks!

 

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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76 Responses to Running through London

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    I’m really impressed with the way you have pursued your running. So you took a little longer and enjoyed a beer, it’s not supposed to be a punishment is it? Westminster pavements after nine o’clock at the weekend are murder. And yes, the Guards’ Museum is housed in Horseguards which is an official entrance to Buckingham Palace.

    • TBM says:

      Sometimes running feels like punishment, but it’s getting easier. After this run I took Miles for a walk–he can’t handle the long runs, especially through the city. That night my legs were tired. An ice cream bar perked me up though. I thought it was the Guard’s Museum but wasn’t positive. And I had no idea that was the official entrance to the Palace. I learned something πŸ™‚

  2. T.F.Walsh says:

    Well done on the run… what greta images.

  3. you should always stop for a beer

  4. dadirri7 says:

    what a fantastic effort, well done … and thanks for taking us along!

  5. What beautiful birds – the swans especially. It’s nice that the park closes to cars on Sundays.

  6. LOL!!!!! I almost spit out my cereal this morning I was laughing so hard when you said that you were out for a healthy run and then you stopped for a beer!! Thata girl – needed to rehydrate BAHAHAHA :). By the way, you should have seen me on Saturday night. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really drink much, so one drink can do some damage. We went out to this awesome Chinese buffet place called The Mandarin, and I saw a picture of this drink called a Blue Dragon Margarita, and I just had to try it. I was tipsy after one, and then when I went to the bathroom Bryan ordered me a second one. I was feeling no pain then, so I started putting all the cute little umbrellas in my hair. Ask LouAnn, she saw the picture on Facebook :). When we dropped Bryan and Cayley back off at his college residence, I was standing outside the car yelling, “Hey, anyone want to party?” I was just joking around, but Bryan was soooo embarassed :).

  7. Great way to see the sites!

  8. bocafrau says:

    I love that you have all these landmarks you pass on your runs. As much as I love my walking route it’s by far less interesting! And no beer stops along the way! πŸ™‚

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Glad to see you worked in a beer! Thanks for sharing the sights.

  10. what a wonderful route! you’re going to be ready for that mountain!

  11. winsomebella says:

    If the salmon swimming upstream found the cool brew at the pub, all is well. I was thirsty just thinking about your run :-).

  12. Well done you (two)! Love those swans πŸ™‚

  13. The Hook says:

    You’re living quite the life, my friend.
    Good for you!

  14. What a great place to run! Glad you took a break and got the beer. You deserved it!

  15. Beth Ann says:

    My walking route pales in comparison to yours. I am a bit jealous. Lovely photos and of course you deserved that beer !!! You were working hard!!! Good on ya!

  16. fgassette says:

    I am glad to see you are keeping up with your training. You live in a wonderful place. Thanks for showing us through your eyes.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  17. Carol says:

    You’re running route is way more interesting than mine. Of course, I think I’m just heading to the track this afternoon, which is even more boring than my usual main street.

  18. Fergiemoto says:

    That looks like quite a nice run/walk around London! I hope this helps to prepare you for your upcoming trip and hike. The beer sounds like a nice reward for a hard days work.
    I also love how you stopped to grab a photo of the lovebird swans – they are adorable!

    • TBM says:

      I’m hoping all of the training will help, but at least, no matter what, I’m getting into better shape. That’s always a good thing. We’ll see about the mountain soon. And I was elated to see the lovebird swans–I love nature.

  19. lynnsbooks says:

    The picture of the swans is great – they’re making a love heart!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  20. thirdeyemom says:

    Nothing beats a cold beer after a run! How exciting that your trip is so near!

  21. Not only do I find your challenge quite amazing, fun and wanting to do it aswell! But this post is so wonderful! I had do mug fun looking through the photos, reading the funny captions, and thinking I will do this one day! Inspiring to say the least!

  22. Colline says:

    Love the Mandarin duck. So colourful.

  23. bebs1 says:

    Now I can say I know what’s a mandarin! Beautiful photos!

  24. nrlymrtl says:

    Perhaps if more people planned a beer stop in the middle of a jog, then more people would jog.

  25. arleendee says:

    dying to go to london!!

  26. samokan says:

    Thank you for the tour πŸ™‚

  27. Novroz says:

    whoa look at those stunning view. you have walked an run to great places.

    I always wonder about those guards…how can they stay still like that for hours.

    The Mandarin is Gorgeous. love how colorful he is.

  28. Daniel says:

    Look forward to hear more about your preparing for Malaysia, and the trip itself!

    Daniel
    http://www.myworldatyourfingertips.com

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