Hello everyone! Extremely sorry for the radio silence recently, but I have been super busy back at work, running, seeing friends and so much more. Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful evening bringing in the New Year, and that it’s been a good one for you so far!
Mine started off on a high, and has continued to since. I started my training for the Reading Half, which is in March and I’m mostly really enjoying attending the long runs with Sweatshop, in Reading. My friend has asked me to pace her again, and this time she wants a sub 2 hour, which I believe is very possible! She’s come on leaps and bounds with her running recently, and I’m really proud of her!
Last weekend I hosted a friend, Cortney, from Canada and who also ran the New York City Marathon back in November. We had a little reunion with Charlie and Anna, which included Cortney’s first Parkrun and brunch, a visit to Oxford, a long run then hot yoga and eating all the typical ‘British’ meals! She’s back in April, I’m so excited and I am counting down the months!
Riding a high from a brilliant weekend, I was then hit by a nasty cold, which seems to be doing its rounds. I took a step back from my training and focused on sleep…what I could get of it, anyway…Feeling rotten and working with two very energetic children was a challenge, but the oldest took great joy in taking care of me! I enjoyed a gentle early morning run with Charlie, which felt good to blast some cobwebs and get the legs moving. Before I knew it, the weekend was here again, I was feeling better and ready for the fun plans I’d made.
On Saturday, Charlie and I ventured up to Birmingham to attend The National Running Show. The second year and boy what a bigger, and better, show it was! We arrived early, and I’m glad we did because within an hour, it was heaving and stalls were starting to sell out of their stock. We browsed a little, bumped into friends, then listened to a talk by Alexandra Cook (@thesportsdietitian) which I really enjoyed and suggest you check out her blog for some winter running tips and much more!
It was wonderful to meet a lot of people I follow, who follow me and who I have daily contact with, on Instagram. A very good but tiring day, followed by an evening catching up with a best friend of mine, Becky!
After an early, and solid nights sleep, Becky and I made our way to Windsor to meet a friend. We went for a beautiful, sunny, yet cold run along the Long Walk, followed by brunch at Millar’s Eatery, which I’d seen a friend visit. The food was delicious, coffee very tasty and it was so nice to just sit and chat. If you’re ever in Windsor, check it out!
Ending another fun weekend with a very early night, ready for a packed week at work and training schedule. Thank you to everyone who made my weekend the best! Enjoy your evening and thank you, as always, for reading.