Highs and Lows

How much does what other things are going on in your life affect your running?

I enjoyed my first stint of marhalling at parkrun on Saturday.  I’m not the most confident person when it comes to friendship and new groups, but definitely think that volunteering can help make you feel a little bit more like you ‘belong’ and I’d recommend you give it a go.  Even if you don’t feel that you can run 5k yet, you could always get involved by volunteering first.

Burton Constable Hall Trail 10k – Sunday 19th July 2015

This was the inaugural race and I was impressed!  I know, I haven’t got a lot to compare it to, but it was a very enjoyable day.  There were around 300 running and registration / collecting numbers etc all went very smoothly then a bit of hanging around as we’d arrived nice and early.  The course included a tiny bit of tarmac, some gravel tracks and then mainly grass tracks and across paddocks with sheep adding a bit of interest!  It was two laps, and great for spectators as you looped back to the central point (the Hall) a couple of times each lap.  I really enjoyed the course and will definitely go back another year.  I was 92 secs slower than my road 10k PB – I’m pretty happy with that.

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I have been feeling a bit sad and thoughtful as this week three years ago I moved out of the house I shared with my husband and my step brother passed away (at the age I am now). It was the right decision to make re moving (he was having an affair and refused to move out), but I’m still sad at what we could have had, but conversely still regret not doing it 6 months earlier. I think of my step brother often – and if his death teaches me one thing it is to try and make the most of health and life whilst we have it.

The last three years haven’t been easy (another close family member passed away, child bitten by dog & subsequent surgery, mum diagnosed with lifetime illness, dad diagnosed with cancer, moved house again…..), but I also have lots to be thankful for and those are the things that I am trying to focus on.

Countdown is now on to Escrick 10k on 16th August – another trail race but mainly on gravel tracks and through woods rather than on grass.

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