Thoughts & Pavement is going international!

running in london

As of January, my husband and I are relocating to London, England! Despite the fact that we have 400 things to do to wrap up life in Toronto and set up life in London, I can’t help but start searching for interesting running routes or cool races to run in our new city. I’ve run pretty much every major race in every available distance in Toronto. 5K, 10K, 21.1K, 30K, 42.2K. I’ve even run a relay and a random 11K race in Prince Edward County earlier this year. It’s not say I wouldn’t do these races again, but the idea of having a whole new race agenda in another country is pretty badass.

Clearly, we aren’t moving to England so I can run. (Though that would be pretty awesome!) My husband got a great job there, and my company graciously offered to transfer me to our London office. I’m so thankful and excited that we can both go on this cool journey together.

I hope that my Toronto/Canadian followers will continue to read this blog, despite the changing focus to European races. I’ve only ever run one – The British 10K – and it was a terrific jaunt through all the most historic parts of London. Perhaps I’ll sign up again this year!

I found this website called The Runner’s Guide to London and was literally filled with glee. The Shakespeare Run?! As an English major and runner, this kind of makes me want to get up and dance. This website also has routes already planned for you with a map, total distance, terrain and info. My excitement level is off the charts.

We have a long list of things on our to-do list before we get to London, and I need to focus on the important stuff (like getting a visa). However, I can’t seem to stop myself from reviewing and planning a racing agenda. I also need to figure out important things like the closest running route to our new flat and whether I can transfer my Runner’s World subscription to the UK version or not. Clearly, my priorities are somewhat off.

I’m looking forward to sharing my running adventures in London with you. If you’ve ever run a great race there, leave me a comment. I’m open to all suggestions.

Cheerio! (or whatever they say in London)


  1. aprilcunningham November 23, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    It’s really amazing that no matter what life throws at you, no matter where you go, you always have running. I love that! Let the adventure begin!

  2. afastpacedlife November 23, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Oh my goodness! How exciting! New adventures, new experiences. I’ll be eagerly reading about your new life.

  3. FLRunnerBoy November 23, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    Best wishes on the move across the pond Miranda!!! You’re moving to on of my bucket list places to visit. If ya see Paula Radcliffe tell I say hello haha! Soooo is the London marathon possibly in your future???

  4. Tina November 23, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    Oh yeah, I just made the connection that we won’t be able to do the Terroir Run again next year! Boo! Oh well, maybe we can go for a run when we visit you in London 🙂 and maybe Bergen and I will still do the Terroir. Mostly for the pizza of course!

  5. Kathy November 25, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Hi Miranda! I’m new to your blog, as I just found it while checking out what to expect in the Tannenbaum 10km in a couple of weeks. I can totally relate to your blog – I had always run 5km, but became obsessed with running after doing the Scotia half in Toronto last fall. My husband and family think I’m crazy, and I’m sure a bit fed up with the facebook posts of me doing another run! I was really interested in reading about your first full marathon, which you were running as I was running my first half! Thanks for your blog!

    • Miranda November 25, 2014 / 7:55 pm

      Kathy! Thank you for your comment! It’s so nice to hear from new readers and hear theat people can relate to my running adventures! I hope you’ll keep reading even after I move tp the UK. Same content, different continent. 🙂

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