Let me start by saying hello😂 It feels like I haven’t blogged in absolutely ages..Ever since August of last year things have changed a lot and that’s all due to The Amazing journey getting to the Greatwallmarathon in China meeting and making inspirational new friends from all over the world. I believe that we all have a path to follow and although we follow that path, sometimes there are obstacles and instead of trying to climb over them we choose to avoid them in the hope that they won’t reappear. This is where the trouble lies because we didn’t face the obstacles head on from the start.
Nearly five years ago I became unemployed depressed and despondent not knowing from day to day what curve ball life was going to throw at me..then I got the chance to re-educate myself it was tough but with my rekindled love for running and a burning desire to do something worthy with my existence all of these factors have helped. It is never easy sucking in your pride but if you know what I’m talking about you will also know that it is all worth it. My motto at the moment is …I love what I do and do what I love if this is not the definition of passion I really and truly don’t know what is??
I am truly grateful for the friendship and friends that I have met on this arduous journey of discovery and look forward to making more along my exciting new one. I am evolving into a better more resilient person with all of the traits that I have picked up along the way and there’s always more room to improve.
The image at the top of the page is so true to my current situation and is so good to relate and hopefully to inspire others that through hardships comes learning and understanding and a better you.. I am sure that there will still be hardships to overcome and relish the opportunity at another challenge be it with life, running a marathon or possibly a personal challenge or should I call it an adventure of self discovery.
Please feel free to share this Text image of hardship. We all face these challenges differently but if you have the right supportive network of friends around you there is no limit to what can be achieved. I feel that I am the proof of what positive thinking and a change in mind set can achieve..So thank you for your support over the years and also my deepest gratitude to those that read my blogs and know me from where I was a couple of years ago, to where I am now👍
First things first thank you “Stash” for choosing me as your ambassador in Ireland. I will do my best to get word out about the awesome ” LaceLocker”. I’m sure it won’t take long to catch on to the awesomeness of not having to worry about running,walking or hiking with untied laces.
A lot of you know of all the ups and downs I have had and even though the downs were hard to come to terms with, it’s been a learning curb, the saying “what brings you down will either keep you down or build you up and make you stronger” comes to mind. I have learned so much from myself in the last four months and even though it’s hard to admit, I am my own worst enemy…the stubborn streak that I possess is often my biggest flaw be it with running or on a personal level at home.
So it’s no shock to me to now have a sprained toe which makes running pretty difficult but this will also pass thanks to an extra set of strength exercises for my toe!!! I have been running on alternate days to take the pressure off of the toe and thankfully its helping.
I guess I just wanted let any one know that even though we have bad times there are always the times to look forward to. If life was predictable then it wouldn’t be worthwhile getting up in the morning or at all challenge yourself every single day that way you feel alive ..enjoy your running and the challenges it presents..It is always worth it in the end.
I started off this morning wondering how I was going to run and if I would be pulling out short of my longest run since being out with injury. It turned out.. that patience and perseverance are key to recovery. Running has given me so much even injuries ha ha ha and if anything it has been a really big lesson.
In the picture above, this one is the runners that Simon a good friend helped me out with and even though the soles are nearly completely gone they’re are still my number one’s.
The collage depicts my morning run and also what I’ve been thinking whilst on my run..To the left looking down on the little town I call home, in the top middle a quote that has awesome meaning, #thegreatwall which takes a lot of my time because it is a dream that is becoming a reality with every day making it even more real. Last but not least I am definitely the one that has a dirty mind👍. If you find my waffling any way interesting I thank you for reading and maybe watching me crazy videos. If you are thank you if not I understand completely. I guess this blog needed an update..I’m running with the kicks you gave me Simon 👍 I had to add insoles they seem to be the only pair of kicks that don’t put too much pressure on my messed up big toe..
So tomorrow is rest day..and hopefully Sunday a longish run of over 15km..Happy running all 👏👏👍🏃🏃🏃🏃
Like the title says.. Prior to my aggravated injury I had covered some amazing miles and as a runner I always put tough often horrible miles in the back of my mind..At the end of the day they all count. At the moment I’m out of running due to my passionate over zealous nature and I have finally decided that even ultra runners need to listen to medical 😷 advice, well to a point.. I still laugh at my own badass attitude because it’s this exact attitude that has me laid off..!!
Luckily for me I have other things keeping me occupied, studies,TheGreatWall marathon which reminds me I have to do a vlog.. Never done one in me life..It should be fun to see what my ugly mug looks like on a screen ha ha ha..and not forgetting, being part of an awesome marathon community @ukmarathonchat which is also to launch a website totally unique for marathon runners and all run by volunteers.
Exciting times ahead and I am humbled by the fact that there are people out there that have seen the good in me and given me a chance to show what I can do, all the traits I didn’t know I possessed are showing through and if anything.. I’m so excited for the future because its looking brighter and brighter 🔆.
So I have to thank all the believers especially Simon @ukmarathonchat @etchrock @greatwallmarath and @disco_man possibly @brooksrunninguk??? Also every runner out there you guys and gals are the corner stone of our awesome running community.
Go maithe agat /slainte/ gracias /mercie /Ngiyebonga /dankie /thank you