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

Out and About: Exploring Chester

Our lovely friends Jo and Dan got married two weeks ago just outside Chester at the beautiful Rowton Hall Hotel. Having never been before it seemed like a genius idea to spend the weekend before the Monday wedding exploring Chester. Let’s be honest I love any excuse to have a mini break with the family!

The weekend was jam-packed with board games, amazing food and much-needed catch-ups. And of course, exploring Chester itself! It really is a beautiful city, especially in the glorious summer sunshine. If you ever visit Chester here’s my list of must dos!

Photograph the Chester Clock – make sure you get LOTS of pictures of the clock at the East Gate of the walls/ It’s beautiful. I swear everyone stopped to take pictures as they walked towards ir or under it. Completely understandable though – it’s stunning. I’m sure it’s the most photographed thing in the city!

Wander around the city walls – the walls reach about two miles around the city so it’s a great way to explore Chester. You also get a great perspective over the streets below and the surrounding countryside from up high. It’s amazing to think that the walls have survived for so many hundreds of years, isn’t it?

 

Explore the shops (and head on out to Cheshire Oaks too!) – I always have to have a little wander in and out of shops in a new city – even if I don’t buy anything and Chester didn’t disappoint. A lot of the shops are in the most stunning ancient buildings.

Also the Cheshire Oaks Outlet Mall is worth a visit if you love Gap, Paperchase and Joules as well as tons of other shops. I may have got a bargain or two whilst there… and who can resist a bargain?

Have food (or drinks) at Odd Fellows – I’m so pleased we kept ambling around the city looking at eateries before settling on this place, as it was amazing! It’s a boutique hotel with the most gorgeous outdoor and conservatory eating area. The outdoor area has a mix of tall tables and normal wooden ones and is decorated with giant peacock lampshades. Yes really! We were seated inside around a table that had a tree in the middle of it! As for the food, it was some of the best I’ve ever had without being pretentious and expensive. I can highly recommend the sharing platters and chicken club sandwich.

Have you ever been to Chester? What other things would you add to my exploring Chester list?

I’m linking up with Bonnie et al for Travel Tuesday, so if you have time make sure you read all the other brilliant travel posts too.

Fi xx

 

Travel Tuesday

 

Life Rambles: Hello and Welcome

Hi there and welcome to our brand new blogging space!  We’ve been talking about this joint space for a while now, so it’s uber exciting to be writing the ACTUAL FIRST POST!

We’re not complete newbies to the blogging world, we’ve just decided to shelf our old blogs and band together to create this lovely looking new space. Well actually, in all honesty this space was designed by Kate, who blogs over at The Lotus Creative. Kate has been super amazing. She’s transformed the rather random ideas from two completely slightly clueless girls into what you can see right here, right now.

Now anyone that’s stumbled over from one of our old blogs please don’t fret. You’re still going to get everything that you had before – plus so much more! We’ll be sharing our favourite recipes, there’ll be book chatter, craft things, running dilemmas and of course rambling about everything under the sun. So have a nosy around and see what you think. 

And for anyone that’s new to the pair of us and our blogging style check out some of the posts below to get a flavour of who we are and what we like to natter on (and on) about…

Food Life Lately

Judging a book by its cover

Because I’m Happy…

Let’s talk about being healthy

Coffee and Walnut Cake

Link Loves

Afternoon Tea at The Swan

Lest we Forget

March Instagram Update

Lau and Fi xx