I love those ‘if we were having coffee’ updates, reading them makes me feel like we’re catching up as old friends do. So this post will be a little bit of a life update, on my knee, my marathon thoughts, and the next few weeks!
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’m off to New York on Tuesday to see Ashley, Zoe and Kate, and I can’t wait. I haven’t been to New York for a few years, and I’m excited to check out the eating and fitness scene over there. I’ve booked in to a ‘Rest’ yoga class with Ashley and Zoe on Tuesday night, think it will be the perfect post-flight stretch. I’m also hoping to do a mini-shake out run around Central Park while I’m there. I fly out to Chicago on Thursday to meet up with my parents and Tom there.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that my knee is a little crunchy. A very technical term. I am icing, bathing and taking it easy in the hope that it will be fine on race day. I haven’t run properly in a week but am going for a gentle run this afternoon.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’m really nervous for the race, but with everything that has happened over the last week, my main goal is to run the race feeling strong and enjoy it. I’ll be running for as long as possible with the 3.35 Nike pace group and will have to stay confident, positive and see what happens.
If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that the past week has been difficult. My friend Simon died last weekend in a tragic accident in Singapore, and this week has been all about time with our Uni friends, trying to make sense of what happened, grieving, and remembering what an incredibly lovely, genuine, kind man he was. I will be running the Chicago marathon for Simon, dedicating each mile to him.
If we were having coffee…hopefully I wouldn’t also be munching on a huge piece of cake, my comfort eating this week has been a little outrageous, but I’m trying to get back on track now. I’m not drinking until the marathon, and am trying to eat more nutritious, healthy foods, as well as hydrating well this week.
If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that Uni is going well, but that it’s really different to my first degree. Our Monday’s are very science heavy, with Anatomy & Physiology followed by Cellular & Molecular Systems. Thursdays seem to be a bit more fun, with Sociology & Psychology, followed by Human Nutrition. Most of our lectures are two hours long, followed by 1-2 hours of tutorials.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’ve got a new job, working on the reception at a fab Barre studio in Fulham called Paola’s Body Barre. It’s on Classpass, or you can book individual classes/block sessions online. Please say hi if you’re in the area or come to take a class- I’ll be working a couple of times a week as well as taking a lot of classes after Chicago!
If we were having coffee…I’d ask how you were getting on? What’s been going on with you this week?