A Sunny 5 Mile Breakfast Run

I find it’s always best to try and get your exercise out of the way in the morning, especially on the weekend when you can be tempted to take unplanned rest days. I also tend to let my diet slip at the weekend, which is ok to come extent, but makes it even more important for me to fit in a workout before things take an unhealthy turn!

Boutique Sport run club, whose weekly Monday training runs I’ve been attending (see past training runs here, here, here) put on a 9am breakfast run this morning. It was a great opportunity to get a run in, meet up with the girls from our weekly runs and meet some others, as well as a free WholeFoods breakfast! I brought Amanda along with me to get a training run in before our Energizer Run next weekend.

So early, such closed eyes!

The plan was to run a 5 mile loop around Kensington Palace gardens and Hyde Park, starting with a quick group warm up. I was wearing shoes that I don’t normally run it, and feeling a little under the weather generally so Amanda and I decided to start off slow and see how we felt. It was so beautiful out there, and we warmed up quickly once we got going. I almost regretted having worn my merino wool top!

I haven’t run around here since last years’ marathon training!

There seemed to be an organised race going on through Hyde Park, plus multiple other runners and running groups. It was great to see so many people out on a Saturday morning enjoying the sunshine!

I also got the chance to meet some girls behind two of the blogs I read, Sophie from BePrettyFit and Charlotte from LungesandLycra.

I didn’t feel amazing on this run, although felt a little better about myself when I looked at our splits- an average pace of 9.04 min per mile. Awesome. Running with other people is definitely improving my speed and my ability to talk while running, it’s a win win!

If I can maintain that speed for my 10K’s then I should have no problem finishing one in under 55mins!

After a quick cool down, it was back to WholeFoods for some breakfast, goodie bags and post run chats. And a bit of shopping. Amanda and I stocked up on some items we need for our Green Smoothie challenge, then went to H&M to have a look at their active wear. They have some great, really good quality items, although the shop on High Street Ken doesn’t have a great selection- I’m about to order the tennis skirt  to wear running this summer. So much cheaper than alternative sports skirts I’ve seen online!

Hope you’re having a great weekend, and that the sun is shining wherever you are! Are you a morning exerciser or evening? I prefer to get mine out of the way and start the day in the right way!

Check out my guest post on Jackie’s blog today!! How to Love Running! 

4 Comments

  1. 6th April 2013 / 8:20 pm

    I bet a running club is so good for your motivation. I need to find one. And I agree, the h&m sports wear is great 🙂

  2. 8th April 2013 / 3:33 pm

    I had SUCH a good run on Saturday, it was beautiful conditions and the first time I have run in Hyde Park. I think I grinned the whole way!

    Best way to start a weekend, for sure!