Training

Getting some hills in London

March 31, 2016

If you have followed me for a while you will know I have recently moved back up North after spending a year down south in London. London was really difficult for me in terms of training, because I have been sooo spoilt with hills and trails right on my doorstep for so long! When I was in London I had the London Marathon to train for (which wasn’t easy with an intense job that often involved very long hours), trail running had worked for my previous marathon, so i didn’t dare experiment with anything else if i could help it! If you are in London and want the benefit of some trail running for your training, here is where I can recommend….

For a short hill session before work…

P R I M R O S E H I L L

I was lucky that this hill was only 1.5 mile run from my house, so i would spend 3 miles commuting and 3 miles of hill reps for a quick hour before work. It isn’t a long hill which makes it perfect if you are just doing reps. It isn’t the most interesting but needs must when London is so flat!

For a half marathon distance hilly trail run..

H A M P S T E A D H E A T H

Probably my favourite place to run in London, you don’t even realise you are in a big city! It is full of beautiful trails and some pretty decent hills. The loops aren’t too big and I found it gets a tad tedious if you try stretch it longer then 12 miles, though of course you could commute by run and make up some more miles!

For a long weekend run..

R I C H M O N D P A R K

I tend to take my mileage up to 19 miles when training for a marathon (no further), Richmond was a bit of an effort for me to get to, but I would run 2 laps of the park (often joining the Serpentines run club for one lap), which would bring me to 19 miles including the run to and from the train station to the park. Richmond Park has one or two decent hills, and it is a trail right the way around. If you trust your sense of direction its lovely to run through the park too.

For times i couldn’t make it to the hills.. The Serpentines hold a 3 parks run (you can choose how many parks you run) but it is a good way to get a 3-7 mile run in through the week with a good group of people with mixed abilities. The same running club also host a track night at Paddington (I can’t say I am a fan of speed training but this was good for me when I had to fit whatever I could in). Good luck to anyone training in London, I hope this helps!

Em x

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