“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back then its yours, if it doesn’t then it was never meant to be”
“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do” Oprah Winfrey
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… Including you.” Anne Lamott
“When you are content to simply be yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you” Lao Tzu
I might have mentioned it before, maybe not… or maybe once or twice… or maybe constantly… but I love eating. If I’m not doing it, I’m thinking about doing it and boy is all that thinking about food hungry work! Perfect for that morning cuppa, or that afternoon cuppa, or after dinner… or really whenever you fancy one! Chunks of nuts mixed into sweet chewy dates and nut butter, these bars are heavenly.
“Trust your intutition. You don’t need to explain or justify your feelings to anyone, just trust your own inner guidance, it knows best.”
“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.” George Patton
“You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists with your own body, heart, mind and soul.” B.K.S. Iyengar
“And suddenly… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” Meister Eckhart.
The week after I finished my first half-marathon, I signed straight up to my next one, it was a bigger event, I was to follow a heavier training plan and I was full of enthusiasm, only 3 months until I started my training!
Those 3 months were possibly the hardest 3 months of my life.
While nobody pretends that training for an event like a half marathon is easy, there are some things that I wish that I had known before I started (not that I’d change my experience for the world!), so I decided to share them. They may not all be applicable to everyone, but hopefully they’ll give an insight into what to expect from training.
One week ago today, I ran my first ever half marathon and, it may sound dramatic, but training for this event completely changed my life. I learnt so much about myself along the way that it became more than just a race and almost a journey of discovery.