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Earning the All Aboard Medal from Virtual Runner UK

I’ve used Virtual Runner a few times in the past but then I let me fitness slip completely and didn’t bother anymore. Now as part of my 2017 goals to take charge of my health I decided to enter a couple again.

The All Aboard medal can be earned by walking or running 5K. I would be walking it but this is the longest I’ve walked in a while.

This morning I really didn’t want to go out. I’d woken up with a really bad headache but this medal had to be earned 2nd-8th January and since it’s back to work tomorrow I knew today was really my only chance so I made myself get up and out of the door.

I decided to walk the Lee on Solent parkrun course as it’s a sure cert to be a 5k route! I walked it and yes my back hurt, then my leg hurt, then my back hurt a bit more but by the time I got 3km in to the walk all the pain started to ease away and I was able to finish feeling pretty good. sun over the sea at Lee on Solent

Picture from our walk. It was lovely weather for a January day and there were loads of people out walking. I completed the 5K in 1:03:25 not particularly fast  but I have a starting point now. I’ve submitted my result so any day now this medal should be on its way to me.

London Bus Medal

Image courtesy of Virtual Runner UK

Next I’ll be earning my Unicorn medal.

How are you doing with your goals for 2017?

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London Travel Guide – Off the beaten track

London Travel Guide

London is the capital of the UK and there is so much to do there. In this guide I’ve tried to include things I have discovered that you might not know about, those little places tucked away and hidden gems. This is the third and final instalment of my Travel Guide series. Be sure to check out the Scottish Travel Guide and the Florida Travel Guide. As usual all links open in a new tab/window

Houses of Parliament – So you’re probably thinking The Houses of Parliament?! How are they off the beaten track?? But did you know you can go on a free tour of them if you’re a UK resident? Simply arrange the tour through your MP then a guide will take you through The House of Lords, The House of Commons and Westminster Hall. This building has so much history you’ll find out loads of interesting things. Find out more here on how to find your MP and book the tour.

Big Ben – You can also go on a free tour of Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower if you’re a UK resident. Again you arrange it through your MP and then climb the 334 steps inside the tower. Book quick as there are going to be some refurbishment works taking place meaning tours will be suspended after 16th December 2016. Find out more about the tour and how to book it here

London Transport Museum – The London Transport Museum is a great place to visit and although it’s in Covent Garden you can easily walk past without noticing it hence me including it here. It’s a great little museum to visit, especially if you have a passionate child who loves transport or an enthusiastic grown up who loves trains and buses!

Acton Transport Museum – If the London Transport Museum whet your appetite and you know someone really keen on transport then be sure to hop on the tube to Acton and visit the Acton Transport Museum. Be sure to check when the website for when the museum is open as it does only open for some weekends but this is a serious homage to transport and a must for any enthusiast.

The Household Cavalry Museum – Again, another tucked away hidden gem. This museum is located right behind Horse Guard’s and has a fantastic collection of ceremonial uniforms as well as other items used throughout history in parades. There is also a large window where you can watch the working stables that contains the horses used on duty.

The Museum of LondonThe Museum of London is fantastic but is in the City of London meaning if you’re based in central London you’re going to need to walk or hop on the tube. Personally when I’m in London I like to walk up the Southbank to this Museum as you pass some great sights on the way. The Museum of London provides you with a walk through of London’s history. There are some great collections here and it’s definitely worth checking out.

That’s all for my London Travel Guide. Hopefully it’s introduced you to a couple of new places to check out next time you’re in the capital. Be sure to check out my other Travel Guides for Florida and Scotland

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