2 weeks off and trip to America

For the past week and a bit I’ve been on holiday from work, which has been really welcomed, because since my week in Australia in April, life has been pretty much non stop.

So, before my holiday started, I decided that for at least one of the weeks, I would go away. Not many of you know, but I used to live in America. So, I contacted some friends who I have known since the day I moved there and within 48 hours, my trip was booked. With only a few weeks to go, I was really looking forward to getting away to some sun, heat and catching up with everyone.

The flight went pretty quick, compared to the Australian one (!), and before I knew it we were landing in New Jersey. I was greeted by my friend and the fun began!
We had a few days of general pottering around, coffee shop visits, spot of shopping, meeting up with old friends for dinner, walking my friends two adorable dogs and enjoying the hot, sunny weather.

Now, as many of you know, I’m a total running lover/freak, whatever you want to call it!!!! So, before I left England, I signed up for a 5k in one of the local towns. The run was called ‘Girls on the run’, an organization that “inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.” They also had a food bank there, so I took a non perishable item along with me. I was very happy to support both of these great organizations with my donations.
Now, to the race…it was a bloody, excuse my french, hot day and it was only 9am…we’d arrived in plenty of time to collect my number and t-shirt, as well as meet with a new friend I’ve been following on Instagram. Social networking really is amazing nowadays! Before I knew it, we were lining up ready to start, the horn sounded and we were off…as the course weaved through the streets of the town, local residents had set themselves up outside their houses with banners, shouting support and turning on their sprinklers for us all to run through and cool down – total life savers! The heat made the race quite tough, as I’m not used to running in it and the last 1/2 a mile showed that.

As I made it over the finish line, I was congratulated and handed a medal then greeted by my friend. After grabbing water and a snack, we headed back to the car, as we had a Father’s Day bbq arranged. I really enjoyed running this race, unexpectedly coming first in my age group! For the rest of the day I was beaming!!

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As the days flew on, my time over seas was drawing to an end. I had already extended my trip, the best decision ever, because I just wasn’t ready to leave. So we filled those days with a trip down to the shore, seeing more friends, shopping and watching Finding Dory (a definite recommendation!).
Leaving was hard, I dragged myself to the airport and settled down for the night flight. I can’t thank my amazing friends enough for having me to stay and making my trip such a fun and very memorable one.

Back in England, with a gentle bump back to reality, I’ve been enjoying my last week off. Lots of rested days spent enjoying time with my mum, catching up, general organizing and of course, watching Wimbledon! Work will be hard to get back into, as I could certainly get used to lazy mornings and late lunches out, but that would get boring…or would it?!

Have a lovely rest of the week/weekend and thanks for reading!

Emma xx

My first 10k

“What WAS I thinking?!”…I muttered to myself as I passed the 5k mark on a warm and very muggy evening. Half way I thought, I CAN do this…

Let’s rewind a few weeks back to when I decided that it was time to enter my first 10K. I’d ran a couple of 5K’s and now that my fitness and speed was good, I thought it was time for the next challenge. I found out that my fairly local park,  Dinton pastures, was holding its second summer 5/10k around the lake and thought it would be the perfect place to start. A nice flat and scenic route, one I’ve walked many times with my mum and Oscar, our dog. So I signed up and with the help of a friend, wrote a training plan.

Those few weeks went pretty quick and before I knew it, the evening of the race had arrived. With my mum and Oscar accompanying me, we set off with plenty of time to pick up my number, timing chip and make a few nervous wee trips, before it started.

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As we approached the start line there was a great buzz and positive atmosphere as we waited to go. The air horn sounded and we were off, cheered on by the volunteers and family members that had come to provide support. I nervously waved and smiled to my mum, now it was all down to me! The first few miles were quite hard, the heat was definitely having an impact, and I knew I had to listen to my body and slow it down. My motivation was reaching that half way mark, and when I did, my mum was there cheering me on. After that I picked up a second wind and ran on.

 

As I got closer to the finish line, I could feel my legs starting to tire and the hour draw in. With a few words of wisdom and the chatty man next to me, I made it over the finish line in 58 minutes and 31 seconds. I felt amazing. I was quickly handed a medal, grabbed a banana and a bottle of water, before being greeted with open arms and a huge hug from mum!

I couldn’t believe I had actually done it, and a few days after, I was still beaming from ear to ear. My legs were quite sore but nothing a few baths and evenings on the foam roller couldn’t sort. Overall, it was a fun evening and well organised event, one I couldn’t have done without the support of my amazing mum! I love her so much and can’t thank her enough for all her support and love!
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Emma xx

Womens Running 10K Race Series – Southampton

Last Sunday, I ran in the 5K, that was being held by the Women’s running magazine, along with the 10K. I didn’t want to run the 10K, because later that week I was signed up to run one my local park.

I found out about this series of races, from Louisa, a really lovely, inspiring and beautiful lady, runner and blogger. I’ve been following on instagram for a while now, and had the privilege of meeting on Sunday!

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On the day, it was very warm, so I knew it wouldn’t be an easy run. It was a beautiful park partly covered by trees, giving much needed shade around the course. The volunteers that helped cheer us on were great and overall it was a really well organised event.

At the end we were handed a medal, goodie bag, t-shirt and magazine to congratulate us on our run. I was happy with my time and after finishing, I promptly headed back to my car, grabbed food and water and set off home to enjoy the rest of the day, and beautiful weather, in the garden!

A huge thank you to Women’s running magazine for putting together this great event. I look forward to, hopefully, running the Finsbury Park run with my nanny friend, and blogger, Sarah, in September!!

Emma xx

Bank holiday weekend and May Day fun run 

I have to admit, I have waiting for this long weekend since I got back from Australia! The moment I landed, my feet have not stopped and I was getting to the point where a few days rest was well required.

The long weekend started with dinner out and a well needed catch up with a friend on Friday, followed by the next few days spent running a few errands, sorting stuff in the house, sitting in the garden enjoying the beautiful sunny weather, coffee dates, movies in bed, spontaneous tea and cake with Granny, and a May Day fun run. I hadn’t banked on taking part in a run, but I saw it advertised online and thought it would be a good challenge and something fun to do, especially as I’m only 2 weeks away from my first 10k!

The race didn’t start until 11am, so my parents and I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before heading out. They decided to come with me and walk the dog, whilst I ran, and we met up at our favourite coffee shop after! It was really nice to have them come support me and wave me off. The course was very easy and flat, which is always a bonus! Hills and I currently have a love hate relationship, one I’m not sure will get better anytime soon…!!!, but who knows! I’ll keep you posted on that one 😉  I finished in a great time, a personal best, which I was happy with. After a few stretches and cool down, I headed off to meet my parents with my medal and a smile on my face!

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So all in all, a really nice weekend spent relaxing and enjoying being out and about. A good balance, one I sometimes find hard find, but working on it! Rest is important, that I know, and I’m working on doing more of it.

Hope you have all had a lovely and relaxing weekend and thank you for reading!

Emma xx

5K fun run for Great Ormond Street Hospital 

Last Sunday I participated in a 5K fun run with my aunt, cousins, mum, step uncle and grandma. It was held at the Olympic park, on the other side of London, the perfect place for it!

We were up early and arrived in plenty of time to meet the rest of the family, be there for the warm up and find the start line. My 2 cousins and I decided to run the course, whilst the others walked it. I wasn’t out to beat my personal best or set a new record, as I had my nearly 10 year old cousin with a heart defect, running beside me. I couldn’t believe that she wanted to run, but had every ounce of faith in her, that she could do it.

We were the second wave to leave and after a small countdown, we were off. I followed my cousins lead and told her that we could walk whenever she wanted. Looking back, this was actually great training for me, and with only 2 short walks and a sprint finish, we completing the run in 36 minutes! I cannot express how extremely proud I am of her, and my other cousin, for running it.

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When we had all finished, we congregated by the finish line and had a little catch up before heading our separate ways. We were all desperate for the loo, snacks and coffee (!) plus the yummy roast that was waiting at home, being cooked by my amazing dad!

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Overall, it was a fantastic day to raise money for an amazing hospital! The event was so well organized and the volunteers were very supportive, friendly and very helpful. We can’t wait to do it again next year!!!

Emma xx