On Sunday 17th I ran the half marathon I had been training for. It was a trail run in a pine forest in Kent called Bedgebury Pinetum. It’s such a lovely place to run and I think this is my 4th race there now.
The race started at 9am so I stayed at my friends house the night before as it is closer, and in the morning headed off after eating mashed banana on a couple of rice cakes.
The first lap was a dream.
I loved every minute. It was my ideal running conditions; sunny but cool, running through the woods, muddy but not too bad and I was on track for a decent time.
If only the 2nd lap had been the same as the first! But it wasn’t, it was a different route and there was a good kilometre that I could only walk because the mud was so deep. The picture below was on of the less muddy bits!
In the end my time was 2:32:47 and I was honestly quite disappointed because I really thought I was going to do it in about 2:15:00. But, it is what it is, the race wasn’t the same lap twice, it was the race I ran and that was my time.
It’s important to not get caught up in feeling disappointed, particularly when I did the absolute best I could have on the day.
But, since that run I have been travelling a lot and the running has dwindled. I was in Ireland for a few days and went to a circuits class on two days I was there at a local gym, which I actually really enjoyed.
I’ve also been to a fair few yoga classes and have seen a great improvement in my practice over the last few weeks which I am really happy about.
I’m feeling really positive as I enter the last month of 2019. I’ve undergone such unexpected changes in my life this last few months and when the time is right I am sure I will share about it here. I always love the feeling of closing out a year and the beginning of something new in January so I’m going to try and be mindful of this time and really focus on setting intentions and being strong in my conviction, follow my intuition and make way for a happy 2020.