I didn’t have time for sightseeing but I needed to run. So, running in London became the way I saw the city during the week I was there on business.
Armed with my iPhone in my trusty running belt and a bottle of water, I hit the road at 6am to get some training done before my meetings started.
London in the early morning is just magic. It was light already, and the city hadn’t really woken up yet. It was quiet and peaceful… which is so unlike London. There was rain every day, but in the early morning there seemed to be a lull in the weather. It was such perfect running weather.
I actually took 3 running outfits with me catering for most weather eventualities, and in fact it was the reason my bag was so full! LOL! It was literally the first thing I packed. I was determined to run while I was there, and I’m really glad I did.
I must admit, I didn’t run as far as I’d wanted to initially. I ran 3 of the 4 mornings I was there, and ran between 6 and 8km. The last morning was spent packing… although to be honest I could have woken up earlier to fit in a run but felt too tired.
I did run along some of the streets, but my favourite part was running along the wide pedestrian pathways along the Thames. You can run for miles! Ok, there was quite a bit of construction along the way so I did have to negotiate around buildings in parts which was interesting.
Isn’t this magic?! It was so still in the early morning. None of the boats were working yet. The roads were relatively quiet. It was just perfect.
The odd early businessman amongst all the runners. Not sure if you remember the photos from my other post with the DSLR photos… that photo of the bridge was taken an hour after this and it was humming with foot traffic!
Next time (if there’s a next time) I’m definitely going further, and exploring more. These early morning runs were definitely the best way for me to see the city because my days were really fully booked. Although you can’t actually go in any buildings or even get coffee… nothing is open at that time of the day.