Inspired by @rebecca_toal, I embraced every sensation as I ran. Usually I focus on my breathing (or trying not to die) and zone out of everything else, but today I tuned in. I listened to the hum of boats on the Thames, church bells ringing, a choir rehearsing. I could faintly taste the Kinder Bueno that I ate before my run. I smelt exhaust fumes, clean laundry, stale wee, street vendors roasting nuts. I felt the wind on my face and the soft fleece of my jacket against my wrists. And my eyes drank in every landmark along the river. Thank you for all of your kind messages after my bike was stolen. I’ve come to terms with never seeing that bike again, but that’s life, and these setbacks are bound to happen. I’m grateful to every one of you who has come along this journey with me. You all inspire me every day.
My bike has been stolen. 😔 We shouldn’t get attached to material things, but I can’t help but feel sad about it. This was my very first road bike and it carried me through my first triathlon. Lots of memories on these wheels. 📸 @laura_holman_photography for @blacks_online
Fuelled by cheese, gnocchi and Nutella 🇮🇹 Start the year as you mean to go on...
We explored Reigate by foot on Boxing Day before eating all of the food. I’m now heading to a WiFi-free house in the heel of Italy for the New Year, and rather excited for a digital detox. Hope you all have a wonderful New Year! See you in 2019 👋🏼
Christmas Eve featured a gentle jog around Poole Harbour. The sun had set early but it was lovely to run in the dark, with the reflection of twinkling lights on the water.
I had another panic attack at work today. I’m not trying to make a habit of it, but the onset was so rapid and overwhelming. I’m frustrated that it happened again, but pleased that I picked myself back up and carried on. Reflecting on a year of ups and downs, I’m proud that I’m generally more in tune with my mental health, and things haven’t got the better of me like they did before. It never seems so bad with your rational thinking hat on. Here’s a photo from this week’s festive Run Talk Run, where the rain didn’t dampen our spirits as we trotted around Waterloo. Focus on the positives. Weekend of work is done. Patients are doing fine. I’m doing fine. Bring on Christmas 🎄
A chilly Saturday morning run before settling down to watch parts one and two of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. No spoilers, but with a total time of 5 hours 15 minutes, it’s a marathon of a play!
Tonight I ran to the Tate Modern to see Ice Watch, an installation of 24 ice blocks from a melting ice sheet in Greenland. People of all ages were stopping to touch the ice. It’s a thought-provoking statement which makes climate change tangible. You can see and feel these ice blocks melting beneath your fingertips. If anyone’s wondering about the energy impact of bringing these ice blocks over in the first place, the artists say that transporting each block = one return flight from London to the Arctic to see the ice sheet for yourself. Make of that what you will 🤷🏻♀️
No more chilly fingers, thanks to running gloves from my Secret Santa! 🧤 I‘ve eaten so much in the last 24 hours, and I definitely felt the after-effects on today’s run... ‘Tis the season!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Dark evenings do nothing for my motivation, but I love love love running in cooler temps. My optimal range seems to be 8 to 12°C 👩🏻🔬🌡
Loved today’s run with @sarahs_running and @rachrunsoutdoors in Brighton! Rach is tapering for her ultra this weekend, so this flat stretch of coast was perfect for some gentle, chatty miles. Strava thinks we made a detour into the sea (!) but that’s the pier of course. Since we connected last year through a shared love of running, Sarah and Rach have been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to me. To think that our paths might never have crossed if it weren’t for instagram! I’m grateful to have found this running community. 💕
You might spot a familiar face or two in the Blacks campaign #ThisIsMyWay which is all about empowering women in the outdoors. Every woman has her own story to tell. I’m nervous and excited to share mine with you in the coming weeks! More on the website at @blacks_online 🌿
Discovered old squares and quiet backstreets on today’s run. Nice to get away from the crowds!
Another working week is done and I feel free as a bird! Watched Brazil v Uruguay last night at the Emirates Stadium ⚽️ and put my new shoes through their paces at the @runthroughuk Victoria Park 10K this morning🏅
Let’s talk about heavy weather. I’ve been a fan of @billiemarten and her music for a couple of years, so her recent interview with BBC News caught my eye. Amongst other things like life and music, she talks candidly about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). As the nights grow longer and the weather becomes ever-bleaker, it’s so important to be aware of our own mental health and to look out for each other too. 📸 @laura_holman_photography for @blacks_online
Blustery winds and heavy legs on this morning’s run, but a fierce display of autumn colours made it all worthwhile. 🍁🍂
I caught a cold. It was inevitable, commuting every day on the Tube which is basically an icky adenovirus incubator. After taking it easy this week, I finally felt well enough to run last night and then again this morning. It’s so nice to be back. Running feels like such a treat! Run when you can, and rest when you need to #thisismyway 🧘🏻♀️ @blacks_online