10 miles in Murder Common

My mood is stinky lately. Reeeeall smelly. Like a foot.

I hate that I’m so affected by bad weather, but I can’t get rid of this feeling that I just want to go home and enjoy a normal life where I can go outside. Everything about my life in London is great and I’m really happy … but so unhappy at the same time.

Saturday morning was kind of good, weather wise. I ran 10 miles in Wimbledon Common, but I started to get upset toward the end of my run because it was getting cloudy and rainy, and stayed that way for the rest of the day – including for my party!


I was loving Wimbledon Common because I had no idea there were so many trails and private places. I started thinking it would be a place where I could easily be killed. Later when I told one of my friends about how amazing Wimbledon Common was, the first thing he said was that a woman was murdered there a few years back. Great!

I don’t think I need any more details. It’s a great place, and if you haven’t been you definitely need to check it out!




I didn’t have a running partner this time, but 10 miles (mostly) wasn’t as hard as I thought. It’s amazing how quickly you get in shape. Up until the fourth mile I still felt great and wasn’t tired at all.

Then I came across some soccer fields that had a track spray painted on the grass. For some reason I don’t really mind running around a track. I wouldn’t want to do it for 10 miles, but 2-3 is fine. I kind of just space out and don’t even think about running.

Plus, running around the track enabled me to set down my fanny pack and water. Yeah, that’s right. I wore a fanny pack. Even though I’m a pretty big supporter of fanny packs and can’t wait until the day they come back into fashion, any time I wear one I still pray I don’t run into anyone I know.

I own two fanny packs.



The last mile was so tough. My legs felt dead, and even though I’d brought energy bars for the occasion, I was too tired. I still managed to run, but at the slowest of paces. My knees were also hurting, which has been worrying me.

I half-ran, half-hobbled past the fair in Wimbledon Village, where there were lots of food tents, activities and tons of horses.


By that evening my legs were really feeling the run. Even though at the time I felt like I had a good run, I was doubting my ability to run this marathon. I felt really badly, but that was partially due to the fact that I hadn’t eaten all day. I was too busy cooking and serving to actually eat, so by bedtime I felt awful. All I could think was: if I feel this terrible after 10 miles, how am I ever going to complete the longer runs to finish 26 miles??

I have a few shorter distances before it picks back up in a couple weeks, so I’m hoping these will be better! And of course I’ll be sure to focus on proper nutrition and eating – that was a bad one-off.

It also helps that my blogging friend Jill has decided to get a bit crazy and sign up for a marathon herself, so she says she’ll be running the distances with me – except in Italy 🙂

She has signed up for a marathon in Budapest, which I think is SO cool. I kind of wish I’d signed up for a European race, and turned it into a racing holiday. Perhaps next year – depending on how my first marathon works out!


9 thoughts on “10 miles in Murder Common

  1. Death-trap or not, that park is still gorgeous! And how you feel about rainy weather is how I feel about winter. It just…gets you down. And err, if you can run that far already, I feel like a marathon will be no big deal by the time you get there.

  2. Two things: Fanny packs! and Recovery food.

    Fanny packs are still the rage for Sicilian men. Well, they are not the rage, I guess, but I have seen plenty of them, enough to call them commonplace here. At first I thought it was odd, but I am accustomed to it now.

    Recovery food!!! It sounds like you’ve pieced it together in this post that while the small carbs during a run are important, the food afterward is even more important. I typically have to make sure I have ready access to unlimited water supply and about 400-500 extra calories in my next meal after any run over 9 miles. I don’t really calculate calories in food that much, so that’s just my made-up estimate; I just know that I eat more at my next meal or I’ll end up feely crappy (physically).

    Also, I’m not sure why, but I do better if I have reason to walk around for a couple hours the evening after a morning long run.

    • Haha!! You should get some pictures of these men wearing fanny packs. Hilarious. Are they stylish as well? Mine’s just black, but I could really go for a hot pink one. Or some kind of neon 80s color.

      yeah, I haven’t estimated calories either or counted, but I just eat a ton of food because it seems like I’m never full.

      I’m having to take another week off because of my knee 😦

  3. oh yea, and I am in love with the lake shots you’ve been including lately. The sea here is gorgeous, but I grew up with silky smooth Wisconsin lakes, so I feel homesick looking at the lake pics. I especially like the tone of the lake in the picture with the duck in this post. sigh.

  4. I totally hear you on the weather thing! As cool as I think it would be to live somewhere like London or Seattle, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I couldn’t do it because of the weather. I need sunshine. Weather has a profound effect on me. When it’s gorgeous outside, I can be feeling totally crappy on the inside, but the sun and breeze will totally lift my spirits- or it can do the opposite. I know that sounds nuts, but it’s true. I hope the sun shows his face for you soon!

    P.S. I’m really disappointed that you didn’t include a picture of the fanny pack:(

    • That makes me feel better! I have actually been considering moving back to Florida because of this. Oh, and I meant to take a pic of the pack! Next time I will. I need to get this trend rolling 😉

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