Back to Running in London

I had my first run though London, and my first run in 10 days. I took some time off to let my IT band settle down a little bit and with all the walking we have been doing it took a little longer than I would have liked.  I felt good though on my run so let’s hope that I can continue these runs since it really is the best way to see a city.

London is definitely a city that has runners everywhere!  It made me jealous most of the time to not be able to run since it seemed that everyone was out running day and night.  I decided to go through Kensington, where I was staying.  My entire run ended up being about 7 miles, which I did most of through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, but it would be so easy to do a longer run here because Buckingham Palace, its majestic gardens, and St. James Park all continue east of Hyde Park.

Map of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
Map of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens


Running Paths in Kensington Gardens
Running Paths in Kensington Gardens

I saw a few sites during my run, and have included them in pictures below.

Gates to the Park
Gates to the Park
Albert Memorial
Italian Gardens
View of Kensington Palace through “The Arch” by Henry Moore

With about a mile left, I stopped to do some strength training to remedy my IT band issues and a wonderful golden retriever came over to say hi!  He kept running over away from his owners with his tennis ball, wanting me to play fetch. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a picture, but it just added to the enjoyable experience of the park and gardens.  I did my routine right outside of Kensington Palace, the home of Prince William and Kate.  I wonder if they spotted me. 😉

Kensington Palace

IT Band (i.e. butt and hip muscles) Strength Routine:

50 walking alternating lunges

20 one-leg squats on each leg

30 alternating side lunges

10 park bench side-plank leg lifts (I didn’t want to lay on the ground so I did a side plank off of a bench and lifted my leg, which had the added core work benefit)

10 park bench push ups

I can definitely say between this routine and all of the stairs I climbed through the tube stations, I was sore!  It was just what I needed after a little time off.  Cheers!

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