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Things that sound amazeballs but actually are not ...

1) Breakfast in bed. 
Sounds dreamy but crumbs in the bed and a fried egg sliding off on to your pillow is not. 

2) lunch out with the family. 
Sounds idyllic but kids refusing to SIT DOWN and refusing to eat anything off the menu is not. 

3) a long soak in the bath
Sounds heavenly but soaking in your own dead skin cells and looking up at the ceiling mould  that you have to clean is not. 

Things that sound simply awful but are not ...

1) alarm going off at 6am on Sunday morning for the long run. 
Sounds horrific but the bowl of porridge and the hot shower after ... Well... Nothing can compare. 

2) meeting at the bottom of a hill for hill run Thursday. 
Sounds terrible but the steak and Pinot and the hot shower after... Well... Nothing can compare. 

3) standing at the start line of a half marathon sounds soul destroying. But the hot chips and pint of lager and the hot shower after ... Well... Nothing can compare. 

Running sounds like the worst thing in the world to do. 

But running ... is amazeballs. 

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I love my body.
And just like that... In the middle of camel pose... Everything changed. I love my body. And I'm gonna start treating it with the respect it deserves. 
I love my body. 
For the very first time in my life ... I love my body. I've hated my body for so long now. I've been treating it like it's a useless failure that lets me down and embarrasses me constantly. 
My body ... I'm so sorry. 
Tomorrow I'll stand tall. I'll make no excuses. I'll be grateful. 
I. Love. My. Body. 

Read this if you're about to give up...

If you are struggling to stay on track know this... You are so close. So close to success. So close. You just can't see it. That's why it feels so far away.
If I told you that I could see it and it looks amazing and it was just around that corner you would keep going. You wouldn't stop.

I know you can't see it ... But it's so close. Don't give up now.

It really is just around the corner.

Running through a "Date"

If you have lost someone ... the date that you lost them can become a heavy, unbearable, agonizing number that fills you with dread as it creeps towards you.

I had seen this happen to my best friend.  And the ache that he felt was just so grim to watch.

I had my own date looming.  So I decided to run through it.  My date is February 22nd.  So I ran the Half Marathon on February 26th.

I ran through it.

I'm not saying that running takes away the ache.  But it gives you new aches to think about.  Physical aches.  Aches that you can take a panadol for, or have a bath for, or sleep for.  Aches that you can fix.

If you have a date looming ... run through it.  Know what it's like to be able to fix an ache.