Summer was a crazy time. My long-term relationship ended quite badly in June, I moved house, helped mum move house, completed a challenging Higher Diploma assignment, had two weeks off work with stress/anxiety, and helped my little sister move house. I haven’t been to a high-intensity Insanity class since June and sadly running had taken a back seat too, with no running events planned and with motivation at an all-time low. Hiking became a new hobby though, thanks to mum and sister’s encouragement – being active can be easier when others are enthusiastic about partaking.
When mum first mentioned hiking in Switzerland together, I jumped at the chance and saw it as an opportunity to clear my head and take some time out.
We landed in Basel and stayed in a chalet in Adelboden’s mountains where we explored the village and went on a twilight hike, visiting a magic tree which was completely hollow (you could walk inside it) yet still grows leaves every year. We caught cable cars in Interlaken up into viewing platforms and then spent a day in Bern, visiting a bear museum and appreciating the architecture. We hiked to a woodcarvers and watched the owner work, and hiked through a gorge which had the bluest stream of water. Switzerland is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen; it was literally breath-taking. The air is fresh and the views can’t be photographed to justice. I opened the bedroom curtains each morning to see snowy mountains and bright skies. I genuinely felt the happiest I’ve felt for the majority of the year and really didn’t want to come home… Switzerland was like pushing a reset button and having a ‘happy injection’ at the same time!
But now that I’m back and it’s business as usual, my motivation to run has returned and I spent a few hours the other day researching running events and signing up to a few! I’ll be running the Movember 10K in London’s Greenwich Park later this month, as well as the Tunbridge Wells half marathon in February and the Richmond Run Fest half marathon in September next year. I’m also on the waitlist for the Disneyland Paris half marathon and am considering the Edinburgh half marathon in May! I’m so excited for all of these and can’t wait to be back at running events!
My favourite (cheesy but appropriate) quote of the year: “Mirror mirror on the wall, I’ll always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk or have to crawl, I’ll set my goals and achieve them all”.