Wake Up In The Morning Feeling Like P Diddy

We did it again…picniced outside the Wireless Festival. A little Ke$ha on a Saturday afternoon never hurt anyone.

Rocking Out To Rod Stewart

This past weekend there was a music festival in Hyde Park called Hard Rock Calling. We didn’t get tickets but we sat outside the fenced area and enjoyed his music!  We cheated but I bet after you read this you will to because next weekend is the Barclays Wireless festival where you can do the same thing.  

As you can see a lot of people had the same idea as us.  We brought some beer and a towel and camped out for a couple hours in the park.

We didn’t know what to film but we wanted to record the music so sorry in advance for the random shots.

You better believe it we will be there again on Saturday at 4pm for KeSha!!!

Soooo Excited!!!

In 4 days my family will be here!  I’ve planned out the week, made reservations for tea and dinners, and made an itinerary for them while I’m in class.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

We are a crazy family but I’m sure most would consider their family crazy also.  We laugh at the littlest thing and just enjoy our time together.

Most say my mom and I are twins.  Do you agree?

This photo is so ugly but I think it describes my family perfectly…..always blaming Alex for something.

Things Planned:

Abbey Road

Borough Market

Portobello Market

Afternoon Tea

Bumpkin

Belgo

Selfridges

Harrods

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

A Tour of my School

Winter Wonderland

The Hobgoblin

Buckingham Palace

And many many more!!

I even have an arrival  gift for them. I hope they like it!

After Adoption 5K Race

Here we are before the race.  We got there pretty early so we were trying to stay warm by jumping up and down and walking around.

Waiting for the race to start.  This was so different than NYC races.  There was no announcements. I had no idea that the race started because there wasn’t a gun or anything.  We all had to go through this tiny starting gate to activate our chips.  Our chips were around our ankles and we had to hand then in right after we crossed the finish line.

Setting my Garmin in case their chip system wasn’t accurate.

And we’re OFF! Marie sped ahead (she was running the 10K while Lauren and I ran the 5K) but Lauren and I paced each other for most of the race until I had to stop to tie my shoe. The race was in Hyde park but they didn’t close off any of the paths.  We were running around strollers, dogs, and kids.  It was quite annoying but the race wasn’t that big (maybe 250 people) so it wasn’t the end of the world.

Jon, my amazing photographer and cheerleader for the day, was right before the finish line so he got great pics!  As you can see my face is bright red.  I was really pushing myself.  At one point I looked down at my watch and saw that I was running at a 7:40 mile/min pace and I had to look at it again to believe it.  That is exactly why I love running in races.  The crowd gets you pumped up, you feel good, you are excited to run your heart out so you always run faster than you think you will.

And I finished….but not in 1st place.  I came in 7th out of the women running the 5k!!  I also PRed (personal record) or as the British say PBed (Personal Best) with a time of 25:40.  WOOOO HOOOOO!

If you look at the distance this time is for 3.21 miles.  A 5k is 3.1 so I looked at my time right as I crossed the 5k marker to get my real time.

We all PRed!  Lauren even came in 3rd place for the women doing the 5k.  This was her first race so we were soooo excited for her!  She better come back to London to run more races soon.

This is the first race I’ve done where I got a medal.  I love it!!  I want more. haha.  If I collect enough I might have to buy a medal rack.  I’ve already picked one out that I like.

Here is the path we ran.  It was beautiful and as you can see from the photos it was also very SUNNY!

The goody bag (which is a recyclable bag) had a t-shirt, vitamin water, some nut bars and pamphlets about After Adoption. Pretty good for a £12 race fee.

These next photos need some explanation.  We saw a woman in a devil costume pulling tires out of her car and we couldn’t stop staring.  We finally went down to ask her about her tire trail she had made.  She calls herself Tyre Girl and you can follow her adventures here. She runs all different races with tires attached to her. She has run marathons with tires dragging behind her.  It is insane!  For this particular race she had 36kg behind her and she weighed 57kg.

Marie couldn’t resist! She said it was so heavy.

We think it took her about an hour and a half to finish the 5k which is pretty impressive.  We saw her around the 3k mark and cheered her on!

This was my first international race and I can’t wait to sign up for more!

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