All Things Fitness: Running Buddies

So this is a blog link up based around running that Fi and I have been joining in with sporadically throughout the year. This month’s topic is your favourite person to train with or your favourite training plan. I only have one training plan – for a half marathon – so I can’t really pick my favourite one. Instead I’m going to talk about my favourite person to train with. Or as I like to call it my running buddies.

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Selfie taken on Millennium Bridge during the last Sunday brunch run, behind my head are our Dad and sister

Personally I think running buddies is a great topic to talk about as part of this link-up. Let’s be honest who you run with has a major affect on how well you run. Now I’m always happy running by myself. I love that running alone gives me time to clear my mind and think things through. Plus I also have a pretty awesome playlist so that doesn’t hurt either. But I do find that the best runs are the Sunday brunch runs that Fi and I do with the family.

Every couple of months I’ll meet up with my parents and my sisters (depending on who’s around) on Sunday morning at London’s Southbank. Us runners leave my Mum wandering along the river and head east along the Southbank. We tend to cross over the river at the Millennium Bridge and then wind our way around St Paul’s and into the City. The route constantly changes, we may take in Leadenhall Market, The Strand, Fleet Street or Temple, but we always end up along the Northern Embankment where we cross back over the river at either Westminster or Hungerford Bridge. We meet the Mothership back at the Royal Festival Hall where we all recover before changing and heading out for brunch, we go somewhere close by, Tom’s Kitchen, Bill’s or Le Pain Quotidien which all do great eggs and coffee – what more could we want?

On these Sunday mornings we normally run between 4-6 miles meaning that we completely earn our Sunday brunch afterwards. It’s such a great run as we all push ourselves a lot more than normal. There’s something about running with my Dad, while it’s the shortest of all of us, he runs at a cracking pace. Which means I can guarantee that any of these Sunday runs will earn me a personal best in terms of speed. It also helps that the view of London are stunning, there’s really nothing like it, and at that time in the morning you’ll find the streets are mostly empty. Which makes for a winning combination.Talk about a productive Sunday morning.

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Me with Dad and Fi after our first ever 10k race back in 2013

What about your running buddies? Who are your favourite people to run with? Do you always run with the same group, are you part of a running club? Or do you prefer to run by yourself?

Lau xx