With only a month left until my non- running target, the Grindleford Gallop I thought I’d give you a bit of a progress report, using my FaceBook posts because they are usually from the heart. I am only doing this because I read about a friend of mine, who set some crazy targets for herself, because she was turning 60! Reading about how she rose to the challenge and dealt with all the ‘highs and lows’, inspired me. So here I am back from a run, muddy shoes drying in the kitchen and the smug look of superiority on my face.
At risk of putting you off from trying new things, I have to say, it’s not easy turning a cross rider into a running whippet! Being rather philosophical about it, I should say ‘new challenges are never easy’. A plethora of coughs and colds has made progress difficult at times and I have questioned my sanity. I guess you should never get too analytical when you feel a bit low because today I feel I am getting back on top and it’s a case of game on….yeah! My first speedy running, post Mickleden Straddle. Hallelujah and I thought It would never happen! So if you asked me today,’should I try something new?’ The answered would be a resounding, yes! We can’t die having repeatedly done the same old things, can we? Apart from that, a good friend of mine has promised to bake a cake for the finish line!
Thank you to all those gorgeous people who sent Happy Birthday wishes yesterday. What a lovely bunch you are !
So much to do and so little time!
With that in mind I have set myself some different challenges this year- 21 mile Fell race , duathlon, long cx race and those are just the start . Guess I’ve taken a leaf out of your book Jean Ashley! You reminded me that life is about experience so thank you for that .
The older I get the more determined I become 🙂 onwards and upwards…. xxx
A big birthday this week required a bit of a milestone this week on the ‘ Phelan trying to be a Fell runner’ front! My first 10 miles in quality terrain, with an added bit of spice- a gale force wind. Absolutely loved it. Feeling empowered.
Thought I’d get closer to my target today if I did the Mickleden Straddle 14.3 Fell race today. My longest run, completed in the snow, with a bit of ice thrown in to add to the excitement.All I can say is ‘fell runners are super human !’ Even this bottle of beer, given at the finish, won’t make me feel any better. Well and truly shredded
The thing is, this is how my mind works. Guess that’s why I am a primary school teacher lol! What am I messing about at?
From trotting to galloping (The idiots’ guide to getting a cross rider round a 21 mile fell race) Grindleford Gallop here I come! A little video from the heart!