Another race is in the books and this is how I’m feelin’ about it 😄
Training has been a bit hectic this fall and I was not feeling ready to race..especially for a race with so much gain. Coach @addiedoesstuff told me to just go out and enjoy the beauty of being able to run and that’s what I did - zero expectations on the start line.
Turns out, taking all the pressure off myself allowed me to run the best race I’ve had to date. I enjoyed a beautiful day racing through the mountains and finished with a huge smile on my face (kinda like the one in this pic). A 4th place was also a nice little surprise
After such an enjoyable race I’m feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next training block for my first 50-miler in March! 😁
My first Hardmoors race was Wainstones half back in April 2013 (when you could just enter on the day) and today at Roseberry I became part of the Hardmoors 1000 mile club. I’ve ran the 10k series, the marathon series, quite a few of the half’s, the ultra’s 30, 55, 60 more than once, I’ve had some shocking races and equally some amazing races. I’ve also had three DNF’s along the way twice on the 60, once with injury and once due to sickness. The other DNF was on the 160 due to injury so I’ll be aiming to put this right in 2020.
My plan today was to just take it easy and finish without being sick as sickness when running is something that’s plagued me now for over 18 months. So today I really did just take it easy and made sure I enjoyed every single step of it, and I actually wasn’t sick. My most favourite part was descending the Tees Link, who’d have though I’d ever say I loved the Tees Link 🤣
I have made some amazing friends over the years and I’ve also met and fell in love with the most supportive man who helps and believes more in my running ability than I do.
Today he came 3rd in the half despite falling and knocking his tooth out 😂 Does the tooth fairy 🧚♂️ still come to a grown adult?
Reminded of this snowy trail run today from last December! I have learnt all things running from @run_sallyrun but the most amazing thing I’ve discovered through her is trail running 💛
Before this I was plodding some pretty boring pavements but now I love nothing more than lacing up my trail shoes, throwing some snacks in my running vest and exploring the trails 🍂
Sally posted a year ago ‘Might have even persuaded Katie to do a trail race...hurrah!’ - yep she did 😉
“If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey
Have you ever found yourself vying for the love, attention, approval, and acceptance of a few people while simultaneously ignoring, minimizing, and rejecting the love, attention, approval, and acceptance of many people? How is it that the actions (or lack of actions) of a select few blind me to the tenderness and love of what’s around me now?
I’m ashamed of my selfishness. I’m ashamed by my abuse.
I’m ashamed by my willingness to give up on those that embrace me incessantly and freely for a certain few that may never give me the time of day.
But as much shame as I feel, it doesn’t change the situation: I’ve used and abused the best people in my life.
I weep as I write this. I beg time to allow me to go back and gift myself this wisdom. Don’t bite off the hand that treats you in exchange for ones that don’t. Take that hand. Marvel in its kindness and generosity. Concentrate on it and feel how it’s more than enough. Your life is wonderful, full of opportunities and possibilities, right here and now. You are wonderful and so is that outreached hand you keep pushing away. Grab it instead and push open these doors. Open your eyes to the beauty that’s here, to the beauty that you create.
Focus, rewire, embrace, create. It’s more than enough. And for the love of Mr. Spaghetti Man, start focusing on what’s going right instead of what’s not! #sundayrunday#churchofthelongrun#timetochange#changestartsnow#focusonthenow .
Vianoce pred dverami 🎅🎄 čo s darčekmi? 🤔 Znovu určite kopec dobrých kníh, ale najradšej podarúnky pre moje milé človeky vyrábam sama a zároveň je to aj dobrý spôsob ako sa vyhnúť preplneným vianočným nákupákom, ktoré (aspoň nám introvertom) len podporujú sociálnu fóbiu, stres a úzkosť 😁 snáď ma ešte nakopne pani Inšpirácia, aby zo mňa nejaké to dárečkové duševno vypadlo 😊 Čo chystáte pre tých svojich Vy? 🙂
Idem akurát z parádnej víkendovej chaty v horách do Martina a moc sa teším na večernú Predvianočnú Vegánsku Nedeľu ❤️ Každý niečo svoje prinesie a potom to zdieľame na veľkom stole a navzájom si pochutnávame 😋 Príďte si posedieť, pokecať, ochutnať nové a dobre sa eticky napapať aj Vy 😊😍 Dnes od 17 do 20 hodiny večer v Kocúr Káva & Bistro 😉