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  • 50m 10s
  • 4.05 miles
  • 12m 23s /Mi

I ran! My legs weren't too thrilled about it, but I got out there anyway. 60 degrees (sorry people who are getting snow!). Wore long sleeves but definitely should have gone with short sleeves.

  • Walking
  • 11m

Cool down with Ellie Mae.

After some Googling, I quickly realized when I was in London I ate chicken tiki masala, not chicken tandoori, and I recreated it tonight. It was UNBELIEVABLY good! I even made some gluten free naan - it wasn't terribly authentic as it was a "quick naan" but close enough. I can't believe I'd never really eaten Indian food before - the spice combinations are some of the best I've ever tasted. Going to make a turmeric rice tomorrow night for the leftovers. 

Also, I binge-finished the Prime Video show Fleabag this weekend - SO GOOD. I'm so sad there won't be any more seasons. It's British-raunchy, so some mature content. But jeez I could not stop watching it! I read that the creator (who is also the lead actress) said she wanted to end the series on a high note instead of stretching it out and diluting it with more episodes. And that the season 2 ending was perfect (it was). It was just nominated for a slew of awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, etc. I hope it wins everything!

  • 1h 00m
  • 15.86 miles
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Got on the trainer!

Can't believe I'm working so few days in December. Between my London trip and Christmas I'm in the office for 10 days this month LOL! We have our staff holiday party at noon today, then we are free to go home. But I'll just be working at home because I have a big thing I need to send around Monday. I'd rather do it at home though, so all is well.

An annoying side note - a couple of my co-workers live "in the city" and take the train to work most days. And on days like today when we have staff outings, they ALWAYS are asking for rides. It's mildly annoying, but not a huge deal. This one gal today asked Christina for a ride - she said OK - but then said can we wait until 12:30 to leave? The thing starts at noon! And it's a 10-minute drive. I dunno... TAKE AN UBER whenever you're ready?! I have such little tolerance for that kind of thing these days. You CHOSE to live in the city and CHOSE to not drive one of your two BMWs today... it's kind of up to you to figure it out, no? LOL

  • Walking
  • 10m

Ellie Mae

I almost got hit by a car running a red light this morning. HEART RATE ELEVATED! It was so weird because I was second in line at a stoplight turning left. The car in front of me was almost through the intersection, so it wasn't like this jerk was running a yellow light - cars had actually started to turn. Then as I proceeded, a driver from the left just decides to blow through the red light into the oncoming traffic. There were two lanes turning left, but I was left-most and would have gotten hit on the drivers side. We all honked incessantly at him and I was rattled! For all the crazy traffic and drivers in Atlanta, this is the first super close call I've had.

In other news, I made myself a little half marathon plan starting next week for Tallahassee. I'll plan to get out this weekend to ease into it, but I've been enjoying some time off after the run streak. After Tallahassee I'll only have a few weeks before I transition into Ironman training, then it's off to the races- as they say.

  • Walking
  • 07m

Ellie Mae

Back from London! Had such a great time. Going to go and back-fill some tidbits both to remember them and in case anyone is interested in planning a trip themselves! Strangely, I'm not jet lagged or tired at all. The time change didn't affect me that much - it was only 5 hours, and I didn't get up super early local time at all when I was there so I think that helped. 

ALSO - my Vessi shoes were clutch. LOVED them. If anyone wants a $20 gift card, I have one to give! It has to be used by Jan. 31 and right now they have 15% off and free shipping. Christmas gift for anyone on your list? Let me know and I can send it your way!

Overall thoughts on London: I LOVED IT. It felt like a different version of New York - bigger, more genuine, more real, but the same vibe.

  • Riding the Tube was a trip - I was fascinated by it and took it everywhere. When I got home last night and took Atlanta's MARTA train, it felt really small and ridiculous that all of the residents in suburbs who have tried to get MARTA line extensions have voted it down. It will always be small, which makes me sad.
  • The London Pass was worth it. I was worried it wouldn't be, but I added up the admissions from all of the places I went and I would have spent 191 pounds without the pass. I spent 125 pounds on the pass. It was also great because I don't think I would have seen nearly as many cool things without it - having it and looking for opportunities to use it really made it worth it.
  • The maps apps where you don't have to use data were surprisingly accurate. I only have a work phone and wasn't going to ask them to pay for international data, so I downloaded a few mapping apps that can locate you without data (how?!) and route you via transit, walking, etc. I used the "" app to get EVERYWHERE and it worked well.
  • I had been reading a lot about safety and pick pocketers and thoroughly freaked myself out about it - for no good reason. I mean yes, you have to be aware of your surroundings and not make yourself an easy target, but I totally did NOT need the money belt I purchased or need to be so freaked out. I used a small cross body purse that I wore under my coat, and that worked brilliantly. It was concealed, but easy to get into when I needed. I only carried a bit of cash, a credit card, my passport and a spare phone charger - left everything else in the safe at the hotel. Never felt in danger with anyone getting weirdly close to me or being distracted or anything. Maybe other countries are more dangerous, or maybe I was just overly prepared, but all was well.

  • Walking
  • 30m

UP SO EARLY for my 9 a.m. flight. I got to the tube station around 5:30 a.m. and the gates were closed! Ummmm...! There was another traveler with a suitcase and we tried to figure out what was going on. Finally we just tried the gate and it wasn't locked, so we opened it and walked into this totally empty station. Found a worker and she said the first train wasn't until 5:47 a.m. - whew that was fine. I thought for a minute there was a strike or something and I'd have to spend $100 getting to the airport by taxi.

Flights home were good - I was so tired that I slept a lot on the long flight. The former aviation geek in me was really excited to fly on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner - it was cool to be on the plane because I knew the history behind the new composite materials used to build it (and where I used to work in Kansas builds the long forward section; I used to give factory tours), but I actually liked the 777 better for some reason. 

All in all, I was "traveling" for something like 22 hours today between walking, the Tube, two flights (4-hour layover in Toronto), airport shuttle, MARTA and finally getting in my vehicle and getting home. Ellie Mae was really happy to see me.

  • Walking
  • 1h 00m

6-7 miles today

Last full day, but I was so tired from the day before that I slept in a bit. This is why I love traveling solo because I can just decide to do that without annoying anyone else LOL! This whole time, I'd been utterly fascinated by the Tube system, riding it everywhere. I saw on the London Pass app that there was a London Transport Museum, so I headed there first. It was awesome - I loved learning about how the current Tube system came about, and they also had a future timeline for expanding it. It really made Atlanta's MARTA system look so small and piddly. 

After that I headed to Westminster Abbey and did their self guided tour. I had no idea so many name I recognized were buried there. No photos inside, but it was really great to see it. I walked around Covent Garden before heading to St. Paul's cathedral to continue my religious experience day. I climbed the 528 stairs to the top of the dome for some amazing sunset views, then walked around the church itself. The stairs were... a lot. Somewhere in here, I walked by a pub that had a sign saying they had gluten free fish and chips, and I just had to try them! It was GREAT! The mushy peas were not, but I did try them at least.

Back to the hotel to put my feet up for a few minutes and decide what to do for the night. I had actually tried to get tickets to the Monday night performance of Hamilton (the gals I met the first night were going) as they were only like $100! But I couldn't buy a ticket online because Capital One was trying to send me a verification code and it wasn't going through. But I did know that where I was staying, Soho, had a bunch of local theaters so I walked over to one and got a ticket for a show that night.

Before the show, I walked to an Indian restaurant because I heard the Indian food in London is great. I basically told this 80-year old guy (probably the owner) that I was new to Indian food and what would he suggest I eat? He asked me how spicy I liked things then said OK I will bring you out a selection of foods I think you'll like. And I did! I don't remember what it all was except for tandoori chicken and some sort of potato dish in creamed spinach - and yellow rice. It was amazing. 

The local show I went to was really out there - a three-person performance that was kind of raunchy and pretty funny. It's not something I'd necessarily recommend anyone go see, but I was glad I saw something local.

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