I’ve been waiting for this long weekend for a while. To enjoy a break from work but mainly because my friend from Canada was visiting and we had so much planned!
On Good Friday we took part in the Maidenhead 10 miler. A beautiful sunny morning but already warm and we knew it was going to be a hot one! This was a local race, where I managed to see a few friends and the Prime Minister! It was very well organised, we collected our bibs just before 9am and met up with Steph, who had just ran the Boston Marathon and received her 6 Star Finisher Medal! After that we were shuffled to the start and waited for the Mayor to start the race. What I didn’t know, was that the first 3 miles were lapped (NOT a fan of lapping) around the business park, then off out into the fields/country lanes, through villages and back into business park. Unfortunately at mile 3, Cortney had to pull out. Having just ran Paris Marathon on Sunday, her legs were not quite ready for the distance, but it was a wonderful surprise to see her cheering me on at the finish!
The race was tough, I won’t lie. I felt like I’d re-lived the London marathon from last year, it was hot. I hadn’t expected it to be so warm, so early. Regardless, the marshalls were wonderful, there was plenty of water stations and the support from the locals and all the Athletic Clubs, was great.
On our way home we stopped off at a local, and new favourite cafe in Marlow, called Coopers. The food and coffee was delicious, much needed and I felt more human after it! We then made our way home to shower and change before Anna arrived and we headed to Harry Potter World for the evening! If you’ve never been, I HIGHLY recommend it! I won’t go into detail, because if you’ve been you know and if you haven’t, well I’ll let you find out for yourself!!!!
Saturday morning we got up and headed to Woodley Parkrun. One both Anna and Cortney hasn’t participated in. Again, it was already warm for 9am and I knew time wasn’t going to be my aim. I was using it as a shake out from yesterday’s 10 miler, plus I left my barcode in the car, not being bothered to go back and get it!!! We then headed to another favourite cafe of mine, Geo Cafe, for breakfast.
Breakfast consumed and cake bought, we headed back to mine to shower before heading out to treat our feet to pedicures. After which, we said our goodbyes to Anna and headed off to do some shopping. Feeling pretty knackered, a lazy afternoon in the garden was much enjoyed before a stroll to the pub at the end of our lane. This is exactly what hot, sunny bank holiday weekends are for!
Sunday morning arrived and we were up and out again to attend a favourite workout class of mine! Cortney had asked if we could go, so I thought why not! Another sunny and warm morning spent outside for an hour, before coffee with a friend after. My parents, meanwhile, had put together a great lunch for us all and some friends and we spent the rest of the day eating and soaking the sun up, in the garden. Stupidly, I got quite sunburnt and am now paying the price…will I ever learn?!
After a much needed early night and lovely lie in, we slowly made our way to the airport, via one more cafe, for one more delicious breakfast! I don’t think I’ve eaten out so much in so many days, oops, but it’s definitely something I’m not sorry about!!! We strolled through the woods to the cafe, a nice cool walk and chatted about our plans for Chicago in October. It feels like such a long time away, but I know it’s going to come round so quickly.
Strolling back to the car, we found ourselves at the airport saying goodbye. Something I hate, and am seriously missing her, but I know it won’t be long until October!
Now sat in my shady garden, cheeks aching from so much smiling and laughing, I feel nothing but content and so thankful to have such wonderful people in my life, from all parts of the world. I have a feeling I’m going to be riding a high from this weekend for quite a while!
I hope you have all had the best weekend in the sun, hopefully not as burnt as I am, with friends, family, loved ones. I hope you’ve smiled and laughed as much as I have and are feeling content as it draws to a close and we head back to reality tomorrow. But for now, let’s hold onto the last bit of the Easter weekend, and the sunshine.
Thanks for reading and Happy Easter everyone!