I had an enjoyable and productive 8 days in
This blog post isn’t going to be a travel guide. For that, I highly recommend Lonely Planet’s London Encounter which was very useful and well-organized. The book is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket and the removable fold-out map was great for carrying around on my runs. Anyway, I’ll share a few impressions that might be outside the typical travel guide.
Hotels – not surprisingly, they vary a great deal in cost, services and quality. What did surprise me was that even the most expensive hotel, at about 220 GBP (~$400) per night charged a whopping 15 GBP ($30) for 24 hours of internet access! I mean, come on, that seems like extortion. Well, Uncle Sony paid for that at least.
“Mind the gap” – The Underground is the subway system that can get you just about anywhere in
“Look Left” – At nearly every intersection in central
Running-wise, it was a mixed visit, and every single run was mostly at night, sadly.
Sunday -- It started off great, with a good strong 25.6 mile run immediately after I got to my hotel from the flight from
Monday – rest day, as is normal.
Tuesday -- went well, except it was an evening run, which meant that the remaining runs for the week were likely to be in the evening, too. 8+ miles.
Wednesday -- To help build personal relationships with clients and spend some time with my coworkers, I skipped my run. Argh! I hate doing that.
Thursday -- I got in a good 14 miles in
Friday -- I really blew it. I was so exhausted from traveling and not getting good nights’ sleep and visiting the
Saturday – spent about 8 hours walking or standing. Visited Westminster Abbey, rode The Eye (135m tall Ferris wheel), and visited the
Sunday – As I’m typing this in the
From Monday to Sunday, that’s a paltry 42 miles. However, in the 7 days from Sunday to Saturday, the total is 66 miles, so that’s not so terrible. I have to get back on track though and get in a couple of 70+ mile weeks for the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile race on Dec. 6.