Sporty Sunday Smile!

Before I get into my crazy promise to all readers (one which I can see myself regretting soon after, if not before.) I’ll give you a quick run through of my epic/horrific weekend down in Dorset.

But first up, a MASSIVE well done to all of the incredible people who completed the 100 mile bike ride today around Birmingham!

My friend Linda smashed the course with her husband, I’m sorry that I didn’t get to see you at the finish line cheering you on!

A group of lovely people from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity, also took part in this event, raising money and awareness to such a good charity.

Well done all of you! I hope that you all completed the cycle successfully and with minimal sores!  I’m glad that the weather held out for you all!

Relevant facts about me:

  • Irrespective of my brain injury, I NEED more sleep/rest than the average person.
  • I should NOT overload my brain with too much activity each day.
  • I should lead a relatively simple life.
  • I can’t sleep when I have so much excitement/nerves on my mind. eg. the day before operations or fun charity events.
  • I get restless and always need to have plans to keep my mind active and as fun as possible.
  • I never learn when to stop. Never ever!

So after a full Dolly Parton (9-5) at work on Friday – which in itself tires me out, I normally work just afternoons – I set off on a long 4 hour drive to Dorset.

Instead of going home to rest, I drove to Dorset to see my dear friend Hannah Moore. She kindly was doing me dinner for when I arrived and the sweetheart waited to eat herself with me. I didn’t get there till  nearly 10pm! Google maps, yet again, decided to have a strop and kept glitching and sending me on a wild goose chase.

On a note to my family – I really need a sat nav for my birthday this year. Or an A2Z.

Hannah made THE BEST apple and blackberry (fruit from her garden) crumble. It was to die for! Seriously, she is a friend for life now. There is no way I’m letting that talent out of my life!

When I got myself to sleep at Hannah’s around midnight, my alarm woke me up at 7am. We both needed to be at the sports centre for 8.30am and I needed to have a quick shower before getting myself ready to take on the challenge of the GoTri Aquathlon. To see this event CLICK HERE

I had a right giggle with Hannah, as I was calling it Aquathon, that sounds normal to me??  But it has an L in it! Which just sounds so weird when pronouncing it. AquathLon? haha. Whoever came up with that name must have had a speech impediment.

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The three of us smashed it!!!

Hannah completed the course super quick, in 24 minutes. Sarah was not far behind her. Then I came in at 46 minutes. Which I was really proud of. I did my best and I was happy with the result. Hannah and Sarah kindly came round and did a final lap with me too, such lovely supportive friends! Thank you both so much.

Another collection to my medals! Yippee.

The drive home was so lovely, taking in all of the beautiful scenery, which I’d missed in a frantic drive in the dark on my way down there.

The A46 on the way home from Dorset was so so beautiful! I literally had to stop to take a quick snap on my Instagram story but it didn’t do it justice at all.

If you’d like to check out my Instagram CLICK HERE. The insta story has probably ended now though.

So, the whole “pay it forward” motion, with the fundraising for blade prosthetics, is starting to look like it’s going to start next year.

Myself, Hannah and Mark (hopefully), will be doing a HALF MARATHON. Just the thought of it at the minute for me, scares the life out of me!!!!

I don’t have anyone coaching me with my running! (apart from Mark & Hannah sharing their support and advice) So I need to really whip myself into a better shape.

I need to really buck myself up and increase my distances, if we are going to do this. I have plenty of time to train. It starts tomorrow in fact! I’ll be in the gym running and doing core strength weights to increase my stamina and muscle  repetition.  1 hour a day for 6 days a week  will be my life as of tomorrow. There, I’ve said it!

I will keep a diary of my fitness to check up on myself and make sure I’m not slacking! I need to just envisage the 1/2 marathon medal and strive for that!

My dear friend Fiona is doing the Birmingham 1/2 marathon next weekend so I can check out her medal for inspiration. I will take a picture of it and save it as my phone wallpaper to stop me from slacking every time I look at my phone.  Which is a lot!

This will happen!

I’ve declared it now to all of my blog followers, (all 3 of you).  If any of you see me slacking please scream …

“HALF MARATHON MEDAL!!!!!”