Summer’s over! Well, it’s not technically over until 23 September but doesn’t the beginning of September always feel like the actual end of summer? As soon as we got back from our trip to Canada, the weather seemed to turn very autumnal. That London heat wave I loved (hated?) was gone and I had to figure out how to dress again. Suddenly all my summer clothes felt completely wrong and I was digging into my closets for sweaters and jackets I hadn’t seen in months. That said, it has made outdoor running pleasant again. In fact, I got my BEST time all year at this past Saturday’s Parkrun. 25:09! Sub-25, here I come! (again!)
It’s been a little quiet on the blog but that’s because LOTS has been happening! First, I have been studying fiercely for my Level 2 Fitness Instructor exam (more on that in a future post!) and we’re preparing for a trip to Australia! We leave on Saturday for our two-week adventure which centres around…. Get ready…..My mother-in-law and husband competing in the World Triathlon Championships! WHAT?! I know. They are both amazing, aren’t’ they? I’m very much looking forward to NOT participating in this event and very excited to cheer them on from the side-lines! I’m probably going to make an obnoxious banner. Lots more on this event and our trip to come in future posts.
Also, now that triathlon season is officially over, I am refocused on running! My next event is the Royal Parks Half Marathon. I was very fortunate to receive a charity place from Starfish Greathearts. This is the same charity that gave Graham and I places in the British 10k back in July. I am thrilled to don the yellow Starfish vest and run for them again. They are a wonderful charity that helps orphaned or vulnerable children in Africa.
We are trying to raise an ambitious £600 between us. I know I have asked you all for a lot this year. Votes for my blog in the Running Awards, donations for the British 10k, and now this… but I would be so gracious if you wanted to send a few $$$ or £££ our way.
You can donate via our JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mandgmarkham
I called this blog post “Training” for the Royal Parks Half Marathon. To be perfectly honest, the training hasn’t really started. I’ve been so busy with things that running hasn’t been a priority. I would love to PB in this race, but I feel like I’ve left it too long…yet again. However, I look forward to just being a part of it. The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes place on 14 October. This lovely central London half marathon takes in some of the city’s most famous landmarks including four of London’s eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. I’ll try to get in a couple good runs while in Australia and then kick things into high gear when we’re back.
Stay tuned! I feel like things are quiet now, but I’ve got so many ideas for posts! I just don’t have time to write them!