Last Sunday I walked down the street where our first ever office was. Even though it's quite near my house I haven't been down there for a while.
It's an old bus depot called the Buspace, just off Ladbroke Grove in London. When we left that office there were seven of us. Now there are about 190. Things have changed since then.
This place used to be called Terry's Tuck Shop. We used to buy curry there at lunchtime. Terry and his family would be cooking out the back and you'd get whatever they'd made that day. It was shut when I walked past (Sunday morning) so I couldn't check to see if Terry was still there.
And this is our old front door. Don't know who's using that office now. Hope they're looking after the old place.
...it's nice to have a beanbag to hand
There comes a time in every champion athlete's career when he or she has to up their game in order to move on to the next level of physical supremacy. And so that time has come in our training. Gone are the mornings where we could fit a nice little 4 mile run in before work and still have time for showers, breakfast and hairstraightening.
This week, the tiredness has properly kicked in. The runs are getting longer and getting to work in time to fit in a 7 mile run is proving a challenge in itself. With only 8 weeks to go to the start line, the pressure is on to keep up our motivation and momentum without falling asleep during our cool down stretches.
So, we’d love any tips you have on improving our energy levels in general.
These are some of the suggestions we’ve had so far:
a big cup of coffee
a mascot to cheer us on our training runs
Tiredness aside, we have found something that has made running more fun. Celebrity spotting whilst pounding the pavements.
On-the-jog celebrity spot #1: Whilst running on Hampstead Heath last w/e, Ceri puffed past former Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell, who was looking all rosy cheeked while pushing her lovely little baby.
On-the-jog celebrity spot #2: Eloise ran past Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding as she was rushing to catch a train. It sort of counts.
So, while you’re thinking of ways to help us keep on running, we’d love any favourite London running routes you might have for our long runs at the weekends.
Ideally, we’re looking to do between 13-18 mile runs over the next few weekends.
Potential celebrity spots optional.
Now this is snow, Danish style. None of that one inch rubbish that stops all of our trains and causes chaos on the roads. This is proper.
If you can't get out of the door, you can't get out of the door. No work for you today.
Pictures courtesy of the innocent folks at Viking Towers, Copenhagen. They're a bit chilly right now.