WEDNESDAY was a bad day. Work was challenging, my pony had an allergic reaction to his flu jab and, to top it off, just as we were leaving for the South Yorkshire road league at Brodsworth, I cracked my head on the kitchen cupboard and almost knocked myself unconscious.
It was too much. I stood in the kitchen, crying and chuntering for a good ten minutes.
‘Are you finished yet?’ Chris tapped his watch. ‘It’s just that the race starts in a hour, and we need to pick Fiona up.’
IN all my years of running, I’ve never felt afraid to run off-road on my own. That changed on Sunday.
I was coming up to two miles on my favourite route on the Trans Pennine Trail, heading to Newmillerdam, when I noticed a man under Old Royston Bridge. It’s not unusual to see men on the TPT. They’re normally running, cycling or walking. This man was different. He wasn’t doing any of those things. This man was loitering. He also appeared to be talking to a bush.
I did a quick check to see if he’d got a dog with him. Talking to a dog would be acceptable, but a bush, well, that had me worried.
THE good news is that despite a chest infection, I’ve been able to run. The bad news is that the quality just hasn’t been there.
I suppose it’s to be expected, (man flu/chest infections have to be taken seriously), but it’s very frustrating. I’ve set myself certain running goals this year, so I wanted to get stuck in to some serious training.
A FEW weeks ago I attended a couple of blogging and writing workshops. One was with an award-winning blogger, the other with a best-selling novelist. The workshops were very different, but both of the ladies gave me the same advice.
‘Be brave,’ they said.
‘That’s easy for them to say,’ I thought. With their amazingly successful blogs and six figure book deals, it was probably easy for them to be brave.
But the thing is, and the important thing, is that they had started out from a similar place to me. They started with a small blog, and an idea for a book. They achieved what they have through hard work and determination. It hasn’t been easy for either of them, but by being brave they managed to take their small blog/novel and achieve big things.