August was another odd running month. I did a lot of runs in total, 33. Some days had up to 3 a day, I was here there and everywhere catching up with friends. So although I did a lot of runs, and totalled 117 miles, no run was over 10 miles.
I was also taking part in the 22 pushup challenge, 22 pushups for 22 days to raise awareness for veterans’ mental health and PTSD. As someone who suffers with depression and anxiety, any cause which highlights the issue is amazing. My pushups did improve… slightly.
With everything being a bit hectic for me, I found I had to prepare a lot. So that did include laying my kit out the night before and pretending it was race day… Does anyone else still do this, as if they were getting ready for school?
I did take part in my first ever trail run, in Balmaha in Loch Lomond. 5 miles out, 5 miles in and with some amazing scenery. Scotland does have the most gorgeous views when the weather wants to cooperate.
One weekend in August had a double race, a 5miler followed by a 10k. I’m pretty much convinced I only get unattractive race photos.
The Paisley 10K was great fun, although I almost managed to not be allowed to go as Twitch quite liked my shoelaces.
This was the last 500m downhill..
Which luckily lead to a pb of 46:58. Amazing what your body can do. I hadn’t been feeling fit or my best, in terms of training runs and struggling to keep my mile splits down!
This running route through Mersea in Essex was pretty amazing as well!
I’ve got the Disney half marathon at the end of September, which I’m buzzing for. Well done if you get the reference.
This book accurately sums my life up. Guess what, I’ve got thighs, and guess what they rub together when they run. So shorts are out of my comfort level, similar to Alexandra. I also have days when my legs don’t work, they feel heavy and sluggish. I then have a great day. But you train the miles and do the intervals for race day. There is no better feeling than having a crowd cheer you on when you are running.
‘In running it doesn’t matter if you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say “I have finished.” There is a lot of satisfaction in that.’
— Fred Lebow, New York City marathon co-founder
This book was filled with inspirational quote and plenty of tips for any runner. (I still don’t classify myself as a runner, rather someone who likes running!) It’s true, the hardest part is always getting your shoes on and getting out the door, a mile is a mile and you won’t regret it. Joining a run club as Alexandra mentions is a great way to get started or keep motivated.
Thanks Briony for the recommendation. I wish I had noted every time that I said, Yes, or I do that!
Sunrise at Gretna, the advantage of the first train of the day
4 am trains, quick catch ups on train station benches, saying goodbye but not knowing when the next time you will see someone or what country you will be in, part of the whirlwind of expat friendship. In the past three weeks I’ve managed to catch up with a lot of old school friends and the short time I saw each person rarely had a minute silence.
It’s a weird aspect of growing up abroad, then going to uni down south and moving up to Scotland. I’ve got lots of good friends, scattered all around the world but I see them once in a blue moon. Then in the last month, I’ve caught up with plenty of old friends, from uni to school. You wait for a bus and you get 3!
When I was younger I used to want to be part of a big group of friends, but I’ve realised I much prefer having a few close friends, who I can rely on. Social Media and whatsapp have made it easier to stay in contact with friends all across the world.This blogpost by Cupcakes and Cashmere, accurately sums up how I feel about growing out of friendships and a friendship being right for a given moment or aspect of your life.
The majority of my catchups with friends tend to revolve around cupcakes
or a pretty drink
You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you’re miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy, you’ve got a friend in me
Yeah, you’ve got a friend in me
Whenever I call my Mum (which is a lot), she has this as her ringtone. Which can often lead to her not answering as she is too busy singing. To say I love Toy Story is a slight understatement, I’ve got the DVDs, some lego, the old toys and I used to have brown riding boots with Andy written on the sole, backwards N and all.
Creativity, Inc is a must read if you are a Toy Story kid like me or have an interest in how to keep inspired and creative in your day job. Working in technology, I was fascinated with the stories of how animation has changed to make use of computers and how people didn’t expect computer animated films to be successful.
I highlighted a lot on my Kindle, to the point that I want a hardcopy of the book. So much rang true for me, especially relating to failure. It’s been two years since I failed my masters and I still get a bit caught up about it, even though it makes no difference.
From a very early age, the message is drilled into our heads: Failure is bad; failure means you didn’t study or prepare; failure means you slacked off or—worse!—aren’t smart enough to begin with. Thus, failure is something to be ashamed of. This perception lives on long into adulthood, even in people who have learned to parrot the oft-repeated arguments about the upside of failure.
Turns out all the classic pixar films had some elements of failure. Including a fairly major one in Toy Story 2, somehow, the Unix command /bin/rm -r -f * was accidentally ran, deleting a lot of the work. Then the backup failed, luckily someone had a backup drive at home. Amazing to think, unfortunate events happen to everyone.
Another fact I loved was the history of the name Pixar. I also love how Pixar as a company encourage communication between everyone, regardless of level or role, and the importance of working on stuff you are passionate about it.
Predictable plot-line, romance, sort of thriller, not my cup of tea. I love a thriller, and an easy to read book but this book did nothing for me. The main character, Erin really annoyed me. As did her London friends and boyfriend. I’m now at the stage where my last few books have been easy beach reads, so going to turn back to non-fiction books for awhile. That may take slightly longer to read but equally keep me engaged slightly more!