I spent the whole of February the 14th thinking Galentine’s Day was on the same day. Apparently it was on the 13th but if you follow me on Instagram or twitter you wouldn’t have been able to tell! As far as I was concerned it was all on the same day. And my plan over the Weekend of Love (forced, commercial love) was to run. Run and eat. The eating I will talk about in tomorrow’s post (Spanish onions were involved and it was delicious) and this post is going to be all about the running.
After my session at Profeet I was more confident with my body and really wanted to test out my brand new trainers. It probably goes against all rules about breaking in new trainers but I decided that running 18k (the longest run of my training so far) in new shoes was the perfect thing to do.
As it was Galentine’s Day I didn’t want to spend the day alone and thankfully neither did some of the runners I love the most. Between all of us we ran 76km – two of us ran 18k, one ran 20, and two ran 10k! Two of them did workouts before and all of us followed our morning running with yoga!
The run was through beautiful London and hard. I just don’t have the stamina for so many kilometres anymore and after about 16km I had to stop and walk for a bit. By then my knee was also twinging and I didn’t want to push it. Thankfully because of that I am in almost no pain today as I write. What I loved though was that I was able to get to the massive distance of 16km without any knee pain because usually I am hobbling at around the 10km mark. This makes me think that the trainers and the exercise are helping and doing their thing which is fantastic.
As I mentioned post run was yoga and that was possibly the best thing I could have done for my body. With Fat Buddha Yoga and Jessica Skye it was in South Place Hotel and all kinds of wonderful. I even had the chance to practice the Crow and try and perfect it.
One of the reasons we chose to go to this particular session was that we also had access to the hotel’s spa. I am not a spa person and was excited about trying this. I do not recommend it. At all. Don’t do it and don’t waste your time. The spa, changing room, and showers were in one very small room and everything was communal. The hotel doesn’t believe in ventilation or privacy and it was a painful experience where all I wanted to do was grab some clothes but couldn’t because one woman waiting for the spa refused to move. SIGH. The high I felt from the yoga and the run had been replaced by more sweat, a dull headache, and heat exhaustion from the stupid changing rooms.
Thankfully that wasn’t the end to the day otherwise it would have ended on such a shit note. Instead we all ended up at Ottolenghi one of my favourite restaurants where, as I waited for food to arrive, I napped. I am so glad we had good food to end the day with, otherwise all I would remember is the spa/ shower / changing room horror and always think of the day as being terrible. I am not going to write a full review of what I thought of Ottolenghi here but will dedicate a full post to it later on this week. Here’s a spoiler though: I loved it.
I was and still am so proud of what my body achieved. It was an excellent day and told me that I am capable of running Paris. With more practice and a lot of self TLC I will be crossing the finish line very, very happy.
I hope whatever you were all doing over the weekend was as fun. Valentine’s Day is a commercial trap with the aim of parting you from your money. However spending the day with people you really like? All kinds of amazing.