Weekly round-up: Houses of Parliament tour, running, and musical addiction

It’s weekly round-up time once again, and I can’t quite believe we’re in April already. It’s been another fun week, especially thanks to the fact it was only a four-day working week. If you wondered where the weekly round-up was last Sunday, I wrote a special weekend edition about my Easter weekend in Scotland.

So over the last five days I’ve got back into training for my 10k, had a tour around the Houses of Parliament for the first time, and become obsessed with the musical Hamilton. It’s been a bit of an emotional one! Read on to find out if I’m likely to survive running 10k on 7th May. There’s only just over a month to go, which is rather worrying.


Running. Between shin splints and colds, I’ve struggled to properly train for the 10k run that I’m doing next week. I’ve never run in a race before, so it’s rather terrifying. When I signed up to raise money for homeless women and their children in London, I’d never run further than around 5k. It is definitely an achievable goal, but it will take a lot of commitment. On Thursday, a few of us at work went for our first training run around Hyde Park (which we’ve been meaning to do for months). It went really well, so hopefully that will become a weekly training session. On Saturday, I felt determined to do a 6k run. The weather was beautiful: blue skies, no clouds and a slight breeze. In the end, I exceeded my goal and ran 6.5k in under 41 minutes, which I’m insanely happy about. I’ve been telling anyone and everyone about this, so of course I had to tell you as well!

If you would like to support me, it would be amazing if you could visit my Just Giving page. Obviously only do so if you feel you’re able to donate, but it would mean so much to me if you have a few pounds spare to give. All the money will go straight towards helping homeless women in London.

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Parliament. My friend Tom (who says he reads this blog, so hi!) works for an MP in Parliament, so he kindly gave a few of us a tour around the building on Saturday. Despite walking next to the British Parliament buildings so many times, I had never actually been inside. It was really cool to be able to see the Lords and Commons chambers and lots of other historically important rooms. Nothing reminds you how old our country really is like walking in the building that William the Conqueror’s son constructed.

Sadly photography wasn’t permitted in nearly every room we went into, but I was allowed to get a few snaps in Westminster Hall, the oldest building in the Houses of Parliament.



Hamilton. This musical has taken over my life this week, thanks to a lot of pressure to listen to the soundtrack from my sister. It’s insanely good. If you’re a fan of musical theatre and you haven’t discovered Hamilton, go and listen to the original cast recording on Spotify right now. It’s a bit difficult to get your head around at first, but it’s so worth persevering with.

Here’s my favourite song to give you a little taste:


Girl on Top – This is the first blog post to ever make me cry, and I defy you to read it without shedding a tear. Girl on Top shares her incredibly personal and moving last blog post about her battle with breast cancer and moving into a hospice. You need to read it.

Wolf in the City – My bestie is a fab fashion blogger. I rarely understand fashion trends, but she also posts lots of things that make a lot of sense. This week, she had me nodding along to a comment about Piers Morgan and how un-feminist he is.

Mapping Megan – Megan ignited my wanderlust this week with her guide to overnight trains in Vietnam. It definitely sounded like an experience, and I’m already thinking about trying to visit the country soon.


How was your week? Let me know if you’re also training for a race and we can help encourage each other. I definitely need all the motivation I can get! 

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  1. April 4, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Aw wow – looks like a great week! I’m starting running this week and would love to run a race one day.

    I also love visiting historical buildings so can imagine I’d love the Houses of Parliament.

    Tori x

    • Lisa Mae
      April 5, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you Tori! Congrats on starting to run – the first step really is the hardest! I can’t even remember being embarrassed to run on the street anymore. Good luck! x