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Is Ice Skating a Workout?

Dec 7, 2013 | Uncategorized | 3 comments

You’ve probably noticed that I’m sharing a bit more lifestyle on the blog recently, due in part to the fact that I’m running less after the NYCM, and partly because I’m trying to develop this to be more of a fitness and lifestyle blog after getting some requests to share more! I hope that this doesn’t put any of you off- don’t worry I’ll still be talking A LOT about running/fitness. 
One of my favourite Christmas traditions is our annual ice-skating trip. Last year Tom and I went to Somerset House, so we decided to check out the rink at the Natural History Museum this time. Nike hosted an NTC class here a few weeks ago- so sad to have missed it, it looked like a lot of fun. 
After a quick, and slightly disappointing supper at Muriel’s next to South Ken station, we got to the rink a little too early, approximately 45mins before our session. We missed the queues for skates, but did have to hang around to get on the ice for a while. I was surprised that the cloakroom was £2 after spending £14 on a ticket, it also meant that people were skating with massive bags! 
The lights on the Christmas tree and surrounding trees were absolutely gorgeous and it felt very festive, although I wish they had been playing Christmas music for us to skate to, and sing along with. 
The ice was packed with lots of couples, groups and tourists. The crowds made it a little difficult to skate together, and I did get knocked a few times by some bambis on ice. I am certainly not a good skater, but I can make it round the rink fairly confidently. We had a lot of fun, seeing if we could balance on one leg and tandem skate, and trying to stick together. We jumped off the ice just before the end of our session to skip the queues again to return our skates (it’s so worth doing this). 

A lovely, Christmassy date night on a chilly evening.

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is open until 5th January- click here for tickets. 

I hope you’re having a great weekend, what are you up to? What do you think about me adding more lifestyle to the blog, love, hate, indifferent?


  1. Lauren (@poweredbypb)

    Such a great setting. I really don’t like ice skating, I was supposed to go a few weeks ago but I injured my hip on a run that morning so I ended up not being able to go which for me was a bit of a relief anyway!

  2. KW

    I like having more of the lifestyle stuff, especially knowing I can go ice skating next week when I’m in London.


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